In­fra­struc­ture key to bud­get

Pilbara News - - PILBARA NEWS - Tom Zaun­mayr

Ad­dress­ing com­mu­nity con­cerns, sup­port for de­vel­op­ment and main­te­nance of in­fra­struc­ture, and ser­vices, are front and cen­tre in the City of Kar­ratha’s 2016-17 bud­get, ac­cord­ing to Mayor Peter Long.

Rates will in­crease by 1.7 per cent for res­i­den­tial, com­mer­cial and in­dus­trial prop­er­ties this fi­nan­cial year to match the forecast rise in in­fla­tion.

Mr Long said strin­gent fi­nan­cial man­age­ment and strong cor­po­rate lead­er­ship was be­hind the low­erthan-ex­pected in­crease.

He said com­mu­nity sur­vey re­sults in­di­cated the local econ­omy, tourism op­por­tu­ni­ties and com­mu­nity safety ini­tia­tives were ma­jor con­cerns.

“Key items that coun­cil will fo­cus on in the year ahead in­clude com­mu­nity safety, the con­struc­tion of the Kar­ratha Arts and Com­mu­nity Precinct, a re­newed fo­cus on fos­ter­ing tourism and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties as well as the con­tin­ued pro­vi­sion of the ex­cel­lent ser­vices we are able to pro­vide for res­i­dents,” he said. “Coun­cil will con­tinue to ad­dress com­mu­nity safety con­cerns through ini­tia­tives iden­ti­fied by the Safer Com­mu­ni­ties Part­ner­ship and has set aside fund­ing for in­stal­la­tion of a pel­i­can cross­ing along Dampier High­way out­side Kar­ratha Se­nior High School.”

Most fees and charges have re­mained the same or in­creased to match the Con­sumer Price In­dex, in­clud­ing ad­mis­sion prices at Kar­ratha Leisure­plex, and build­ing ap­pli­ca­tions and waste dis­posal fees.

Big projects and ser­vice en­hance­ments are planned for Dampier, Wick­ham, Roe­bourne and Point Sam­son.

These in­clude de­sign work for fur­ther en­hance­ments in Dampier ty­ing in the carpark and soc­cer field, a view­ing plat­form and shade struc­ture plus dune re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion works at the Mait­land Road look­out in Kar­ratha and es­tab­lish­ing a view­ing plat­form in Point Sam­son, Mr Long said.

Pic­ture: Michael Wil­son

Kar­ratha Mayor Peter Long.

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