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27/06/2019 10:00 a.m.
27 June 2019
The City of Kwinana Council formally adopted its 2019/2020 Budget at its Ordinary Meeting of Council last night (26 June 2019).
City of Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams said that the budget reflects the needs and desires of a diverse community, with consideration to the challenges associated with Kwinana's rapid growth and the current financial climate.
"As a Council, we are always looking for ways to deliver value-for-money programs and services to our diverse community," Mayor Adams said.
"Earlier this year, the City advertised a proposed average rate increase of 3.5% for residential properties in the City of Kwinana," she said
"After receiving numerous submissions, we listened to our community and reduced the average rate increase to 2.5% for residential properties, which represents approximately 65 cents per week for the average household," she said.
Mayor Adams said that the budget included some much needed community projects, including improved security in the City, road renewals, sports facility lighting, street tree improvements, building upgrades for volunteer bush fire brigades and numerous large-scale free events and entertainment.
The 2019/20 Budget was based on the City's Long Term Financial Plan, adopted in December 2018, with all capital items and operating initiatives reviewed to ensure the costings were accurate and the service and program objectives continued to align to the City's Strategic Community Plan.
$391,000 towards local business grants and programs. The City will continue to implement economic development initiatives and support youth, home-based businesses and local commercial businesses.
$2.4m towards safety and security, with a focus on improved CCTV, community education and control of illegal dumping.
$2.03m towards the Zone Youth Centre, with a focus on the community liaison service that currently works with at-risk, disengaged or homeless community members at popular locations in the City Centre.
$2.7m in road upgrades and renewals – including Gilmore Avenue, Anketell Road, Pace Road and the Wellard Road duplication project.
$215,000 upgrade of the footpaths at Clark Way and Perham Crescent.
$1m for a new sporting pavilion at Honeywood Oval and a lighting upgrade at Thomas Oval to the value of $495,000.
$162,000 towards the City's continued upgrade of local parks via the Parks for People Strategy.
$396,000 towards bringing bigger and better events to our local community – including an end-of-year concert at Calista Oval, the annual Children's Festival and a revitalised Youth Festival – all of which will be FREE and on par with any big offering on the Perth events' scene.
The City will continue to support the Koorliny Arts Centre and will provide a significant contribution of $407,212 to fund their operations.