Rate rise be­low in­fla­tion fore­cast

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS - Tim Slater

BEL­MONT rates will go up by 1.5 per cent af­ter the City adopted its 2016-17 Bud­get last week.

Mayor Phil Marks said the in­crease would be one of the low­est in the state and was lower than the fore­cast in­fla­tion rate of 1.75 per cent.

The av­er­age an­nual rates and rub­bish charges will in­crease from about $1306 to $1320.

There will also be a 3 per cent in­crease to the State Gov­ern­ment-im­posed Emer­gency Ser­vices Levy.

“The bud­get is aligned with the City’s plan for the fu­ture and pro­vides the re­sources to de­liver on the sig­nif­i­cant so­cial, busi­ness, nat­u­ral and Built Bel­mont ob­jec­tives,” Cr Marks said.

About $16.3 mil­lion has been bud­geted for build­ings, parks, en­vi­ron­ment, streetscapes, roads, foot­paths and drainage.

An amount of $565,000 has been al­lo­cated for a lo­cal struc­ture plan and im­ple­men­ta­tion model for De­vel­op­ment Area Six in Red­cliffe, in co-op­er­a­tion with the WA Plan­ning Com­mis­sion.

The Golden Gateway and As­cot Kilns struc­ture plan re­ceived $78,000, and $200,000 was al­lo­cated to the Great Eastern High­way cor­ri­dor plan.

It will ad­dress land use, traf­fic and built form out­comes.

And $40,000 has been al­lo­cated for spe­cial­ist ex­ter­nal ad­vice for the Joint De­vel­op­ment As­sess­ment Panel.

Cr Marks said the City re­mained fo­cused on parks and re­serves, road main­te­nance, the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment and com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties as well as crime pre­ven­tion, safety and se­cu­rity.

“We fo­cus on ar­eas that our com­mu­nity tells us are im­por­tant to them and our Bud­get demon­strates that we re­main re­spon­sive to their views,” he said.

Min­i­mum pay­ments have in­creased for res­i­den­tial (up 1.3pc), com­mer­cial (1.6pc) and in­dus­trial (1.6pc) rates to $800, $945 and $965, re­spec­tively. AMONG THE MA­JOR PROJECTS RE­CEIV­ING FUND­ING WERE: Bel­mont Av­enue and Bel­mont Busi­ness Park en­hance­ments: $3.5 mil­lion to­wards en­hanc­ing Bel­mont Av­enue be­tween Alexan­der Road and Great Eastern High­way, in­clud­ing un­der­ground power and sur­round­ing street park­ing im­prove­ments. Bilya Kard Boodja (for­merly Hardey Park): $1.27 mil­lion to up­grade the park, in­clud­ing new in­fra­struc­ture, walk­ways and a look­out. Faulkner Civic Precinct Project: $1.25 mil­lion to­wards fi­nal­is­ing ar­chi­tec­tural de­sign, spec­i­fi­ca­tions and pro­gres­sion of the new mul­tipur­pose com­mu­nity cen­tre. Sur­rey Road Bike Boule­vard: $1.2 mil­lion to pro­vide a safe bike boule­vard along Sur­rey Road; and Miles Park Com­mu­nity Fa­cil­ity: $935,000 to­wards up­grad­ing the fa­cil­ity and reserve light­ing.

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