Budget focus on community a welcome move
ANUMBER of community-based projects included in Bunbury City Council’s 2017-18 Budget is a promising sign for the city.
While big-ticket items such as the Koombana Bay redevelopment project are exciting, smaller projects that benefit neighbourhood communities are welcoming.
Sport and recreation, arts and culture and community and library services are all expected get a slice of the cash.
As the council spruiks this year’s financial plan as offering the most support for community-based organisations yet, it is hoped this is just the start of bigger things to come.
Projects such as replacement of playground equipment and upgrades to Kelly Park and a contribution to an accessible ramp at Bunbury Back Beach should not be overlooked.
While the big ticket items such as the redevelopment of Koombana Bay will go a long way to completing the changing face of Bunbury, projects such as the one proposed for Carey Park are essential in building stronger communities.
If all proposed projects are completed within their timeframe, the benefits to the community will vindicate the 4.5 per cent increase in rates imposed in the new budget.