Jobs, security City’s priorities
HIGH levels of unemployment and security concerns are among the biggest challenges identified in the City of Kwinana’s 2017-18 budget.
Mayor Carol Adams said the budget was fair and would include some great initiatives and programs.
But she said “economically, we face a test”.
“The WA Government is implementing tough measures to repair the state’s finances and this only adds to the financial pressure faced by Kwinana families,” Cr Adams said.
“Unemployment continues to be one of our biggest challenges and competition for jobs remains fierce.”
Cr Adams said the community had consistently told the council that it had concerns about the economy and jobs and business support, and that education and training were imperative.
“So we’ll continue to introduce new initiatives that support home businesses, local shopping districts, major industry and all things in between,” she said.
“We’ll work closely with our community partners, including business foundations, the Rockingham Kwinana Chamber of Commerce and the Kwinana Industries Council to explore investment opportunity.”
Safety is also one of the community’s biggest priorities.
“We’re doubling down on our commitment to the 24/7 City Assist program,” she said.
Cr Adams said $2.4 million would be allocated to expand the City’s CCTV coverage, run education campaigns, address illegal dumping and bolster City Assist.
“We’re working hard to address anti-social behaviour by introducing a new community liaison service which will work in popular locations,” she said. They include the Darius Wells Library, The Adventure Park, Outdoor Youth Space and the Marketplace Shopping Centre.
While rates on average would increase by 3 per cent, most households would have a one per cnt increase due to a reduction in the rubbish collection charge and environmental levy.