Jobs, se­cu­rity City’s pri­or­i­ties

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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.

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