Rate rise kept low

CITY RECOG­NISES ‘TOUGH TIMES’

North Coast Weekender - - News - Laura Pond

RATES are in­creas­ing by the low­est amount in 12 years, after Wanneroo Coun­cil en­dorsed its 2017-18 bud­get at this week’s meet­ing.

Over­all rates will rise by 3.6 per cent while res­i­den­tial rates for City of Wanneroo res­i­dents will go up 2.45 per cent to meet a bud­get deficit of about $152 mil­lion.

Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts said the City recog­nised the im­pact of the cur­rent eco­nomic cli­mate on res­i­dents and knew there were many “do­ing it tough”.

“The main pri­or­ity was to keep rates as low as we can so we en­sure it’s man­age­able for our com­mu­nity,” she said.

The City will spend $70.4 mil­lion on its cap­i­tal works pro­gram, with the Wanneroo Civic Cen­tre ex­ten­sion again re­ceiv­ing the largest al­lo­ca­tion of $10 mil­lion, while sport­ing fa­cil­i­ties will have $17.4 mil­lion spent on pro­jects across the City.

Kingsway Re­gional Sport­ing Com­plex is an­other big win­ner, gain­ing $4 mil­lion for fa­cil­ity im­prove­ments and traf­fic man­age­ment, in­clud­ing $2.1 mil­lion for Olympic Kingsway Sports Club’s clu­b­rooms and $700,000 to build fa­cil­i­ties for Kingsway Lit­tle Ath­let­ics Cen­tre.

There is $2.8 mil­lion set aside for flood­light­ing and con­struc­tion of change rooms at Gran­dis Park in Banksia Grove and $600,000 for a skate park at the same site.

Of the $9.3 mil­lion be­ing spent on road works, $2.3 mil­lion will be used to cre­ate a dual car­riage­way on Mirra­booka Av­enue from Hep­burn Av­enue to Gnan­gara Road.

Cr Domenic Zappa de­scribed it as a “balanced bud­get,” wel­com­ing fund­ing for up­grades to the Hud­son Park clu­b­rooms, de­sign works on the pro­posed south­ern sub­urbs li­brary and to cre­ate the sec­ond stage of the Kingsway dog park.

Cr Dianne Guise said they were a “growth coun­cil” and noted Cen­tral ward pro­jects in­clud­ing fa­cil­i­ties for Wanneroo Sports and So­cial Club, flood­light­ing at Wanneroo skate park and up­graded change rooms at Wanneroo Aquamo­tion.

Coastal pro­tec­tion works, new ameni­ties at Gum­blos­som Com­mu­nity Cen­tre in Quinns Rocks and street land­scap­ing on Marmion Av­enue in But­ler caught the at­ten­tion of Cr Linda Aitken, who said the bud­get pro­vided a “win­win out­come” for res­i­dents.

Wanneroo Civic Cen­tre ex­ten­sion will re­ceive an al­lo­ca­tion of $10 mil­lion in the cap­i­tal works pro­gram.

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