What do I get for my rates?

​​​​The rates you pay are re-invested into your community through the City of Kwinana’s many programs, services and facilities.  Here is an overview of the main services provided – a more comprehensive list can be found here​​​.

City Operations​

The City of Kwinana depot keeps Kwinana well maintained. $193k in footpath upgrades is earmarked in the 2018/19 budget, as w​ell as a further $60k to be spent on the completion of the Gilmore Avenue Pedestrian Crossing. Other regular City Operations works include:

  • Footpath, crossover, road, kerb and drainage maintenance.

  • Removal of illegal dumping and rubbish, dead animals, graffiti and road spills.

  • Maintenance of bus shelters, street furniture, fencing, BBQs, playgrounds and water features.

  • Rubbish and litter collection throughout the City centre, parks and beach reserves

  • Fire control assistance and emergency response to storms, floods, fire etc. 

  • Maintenance of sports grounds including mowing, weed control and turf renovation. 

  • Mowing of parks, streetscapes, medians, dry land reserves and oval surrounds. 

  • Irrigation maintenance, landscaping, pruning, weeding, mulching, fertilizing and planting. 

  • Power line clearance of street trees, verge maintenance, street sweeping and street sign maintenance.

Safety and Security

Our 24/7 City Assist Service provides a vital role in the community, enforcing local laws (including parking, littering and animal control), supporting emergency services, enforcing off-road vehicle and illegal camping laws on Council owned and controlled facilities, maintaining two volunteer fire brigades, the Chief Bush Fire Control Officer, membership of the Bush Fire Brigades and community education through school visits. ​

A key pillar of our budget for 2018/19 is a continued focus on safety and security in the City, with $2.5m worth of programs, including expansion of CCTV coverage, community education initiatives, illegal dumping control, compliance operations and 24/7 City Assist service on Council owned and controlled facilities. 

Our Community Liaison Service will also receive $360k in funding in 2018/19 to ensure continuation of this great community service.

Community Services 

Lots of major community events are planned for 2018/19 with over $415k being invested in the  Children’s Festival, the Christmas Lolly Run, The Kwinana Youth Festival and Australia Day celebrations, not to mention our major annual concert to be held in late 2018. The City also runs arts, culture and heritage programs – from exhibitions and public art to Sloan’s and Smirks Cottages.

A $100k upgrade of the Koorliny Arts Centre will commence in 2018/19, including the installation of a storage shed, upgrading one of the theatres, upgrading the quadrangle, Studio one and two, MA  studio and the training room. The City also continues to operate Casuarina Community Hall, Medina Hall and Leda Hall. 

The City is awarding $390k in local business grants and programs for 2018/19. These will include initiatives to support and help local business grow, including the Local Commercial and Activity Centre Grant.

The City will also continue to conduct regular Citizenship ceremonies, formally welcoming new Australians to our community and our country.

Health and Fitness 

In 2018/19 the City will continue to upgrade local parks under the $125k ‘Parks for People’ program.  Thomas Oval will receive a $495k upgrade to lighting and $285k will be invested in Community programs via the Greening Fund and Community Development programs.

The Bright Futures Family Day Care Centre will receive a $751k upgrade, including a new playground, landscaping and building upgrades. The City’s Senior Citizens Centre will also receive a $100k upgrade, including repairs to external cladding, ceilings and gutter/downpipe replacements.

Our first-class Library and Resource centre will continue to offer services to the community, as will the Kwinana Recquatic centre. Our other health and wellbeing programs, include:

  • Walk Trails and Walking Groups, Kwinana Volunteer Centre, Community Bus and the City Awards Program.
  • Nutritional Workshops, Health Promotion Workshops and Diabetes Awareness Workshops, Health Screening Programs and the ‘Senior Sational’ Program.
  • Sporting Club Development /Assistance and community/sporting club donations program. 

Youth 

The City of Kwinana is proud to provide an extensive youth support program which includes the Zone Youth space, Lyrik Incentive and Mentoring programs and a brand new skatepark facility. Other services offered to youth in Kwinana include Urban Art, regular Friday night activities, Youth GP and Sexual Health Clinics, a referral service for youth, a Scholarship program as well as our School Holiday and term Programs.

Community Information​

The City of Kwinana Customer Service provides assistance and advice either over the phone or at the front counter on anything and everything relating to the City and its community. If they are unable to assist they will locate an officer who is able, or provide information that will assist in determining an answer. 

We also distribute information to the community via our Spirit of Kwinana newsletter, website, social media, community consultation, forums and events.

Our Chief Executive Officer is responsible for setting the strategic direction for the City and to lobby State and Federal Government politicians and government agencies to get the best government services outcomes to the wider Kwinana community. ​

Environmental Health  

Our Environmental Health team is responsible for waste management  in the City of Kwinana, including weekly, fortnightly, green waste and bulk goods collections. They’re also responsible for all complaint investigations of a wide variety of issues that may affect community health.  These include noise, dust, odour, smoke, pollution, pests, food quality, inappropriate land uses, contaminated sites, illegal disposal of syringes and medical wastes and regulation of skin penetration services (such as tattoos and piercings). 

The team provides important advice on food hygiene, control of diseases, holding public events, design and construction of food preparation premises, vehicles and stalls, public swimming pools, control of diseases causing pests and abatement of noise nuisances. 

Other services covered by this team include liquor act certification, food business licensing, monitoring and inspections, property inspections prior to settlement (on request), temporary accommodation approvals, septic tank compliance, industrial premises compliance and public building compliance for the Health Act and Environment Protection Act. 

Environment Team 

Our environment team is responsible for managing City of Kwinana reserves as part of our Bushland Masterplan.  During 2018/19 $421k will be directed towards weed control, coastal care, feral animal control and firebreak maintenance in Kwinana’s reserves.  A further $140k will be spent in tree planting in Bertram and the Kwinana Industrial Area.

The environment team is responsible for environmental planning and protection, fencing, biodiversity and revegetation projects in Kwinana’s bushland reserves and assists in fire management and planning. 

They also manage regular community planting days (anyone in the community is welcome to attend!) and conduct a variety of water and energy conservation initiatives within our community, helping residents and local businesses to embrace sustainability. 

Planning, Building and Engineering

The Planning and Building Team is responsible for land use, development and ‘built form’ within the City of Kwinana. The team conducts building assessments and site inspections, issues sign and demolition licenses, inspects swimming pools and assists with neighbourhood disputes over dividing fences and retaining walls.

Other key services include upkeep of the City’s buildings, development applications, structural planning assessments, preparing and enforcing planning policies and town planning scheme assessments, management and review. 

Our engineering team is responsible for the design and implementation of many infrastructure projects within our community – from roads and pathways to bridges, drainage, landscaping and street lighting.

They are responsible for road safety audits, traffic analysis, transport coordination and car parking studies. They are also responsible for making sure new developments consider drainage, fencing, shared paths, lighting, parks and roads during their planning phase.

Other duties include the design and installation of bus shelters. ​

Page reviewed: 09 Jan 2019 5:40pm