Ash­bur­ton tar­gets Onslow camp costs

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

The Onslow Air­port ac­com­mo­da­tion camp is in the sights of the Shire of Ash­bur­ton as it searches for cost sav­ings.

Shire pres­i­dent Kerry White said camp main­te­nance costs were be­ing re­vis­ited be­cause of the al­ter­na­tive ac­com­mo­da­tion op­tions now avail­able in Onslow.

The sav­ings drive is be­ing un­der­taken in part to ac­com­mo­date the pro­posed 2016-17 rates, which would be set against the an­nual Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Cost In­dex of 1.5 per cent. Mrs White said yield in­crease would be slightly higher mostly be­cause of res­i­den­tial growth in Onslow.

“The coun­cil is very much aware of the changes to re­source ma­te­ri­als’ global pric­ing and has been re­view­ing its bud­gets to en­sure op­ti­mum out­comes are achieved at the most re­spon­si­ble cost lev­els,” she said.

“The big­gest dif­fi­culty with set­ting a fair rate across the four Shire town­sites in the 2014-15 fi­nan­cial year was the sig­nif­i­cant vari­a­tions in val­u­a­tion ad­just­ments that oc­curred be­tween the west­ern and the eastern sec­tions of the Shire.

“The coun­cil was able to pro­vide some level of cush­ion­ing by set­ting some caps to val­u­a­tion in­creases, but town­site rate in­creases for 2016-17 will closely re­flect the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Cost In­dex.”

The big­gest pro­posed in­crease would be to the unim­proved value of pastoral rates, set to rise by 14.7 per cent. Mrs White said a five-year phase-in pro­posal was agreed last year.

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