Infrastructure key to budget
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.
Karratha Mayor Peter Long.