Bud­get fo­cus on com­mu­nity a wel­come move

South Western Times - - Point Of View -

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.

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