Draft budget revealed
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.