Draft bud­get re­vealed

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

THE Town of Clare­mont re­leased its draft bud­get 2016-17 for public com­ment at last week’s coun­cil meet­ing. It in­cludes a 2 per cent rate rise. Mayor Jock Barker said this year’s draft bud­get was a tes­ta­ment to the Town’s good fi­nan­cial man­age­ment.

Just over $3 mil­lion will go to cap­i­tal works such as the re­newal of roads, foot­paths and park­ing ar­eas.

An ad­di­tional $1 mil­lion has been ear­marked for the up­grade of the Clare­mont Golf Course and $300,000 in in­fras­truc­ture fund­ing for the plan­ning and de­sign stage of the Clare­mont Aquatic Cen­tre re­de­vel­op­ment.

“Re­de­vel­op­ment of Clare­mont Aquatic Cen­tre and the re­design of Clare­mont Golf Course by world class golfer Terry Gale are two very ex­cit­ing new projects that will kick off the next fi­nan­cial year,” Mr Barker said.

A fur­ther $1,391,200 will go to­ward the re­newal of the Town’s build­ings, in­clud­ing $700,000 to re­de­velop the Fresh­wa­ter Bay Mu­seum.

An ad­di­tional $42,000 will go to arts and cul­ture to fund ini­tia­tives such as the Town’s Art Trans­form­ing Clare­mont Fes­ti­val and Art Award and Ex­hi­bi­tion.

The Town will again match the $120,000 raised by a Spec­i­fied Area Rate on busi­nesses in the Clare­mont Town Cen­tre.

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