Py­lon restora­tion on wish­list

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - By JON BASSETT

COTTESLOE Coun­cil wants to spend $243,000 to again re­store its iconic beach py­lon in the 2017-18 bud­get, which in­cludes a 3 per cent rates rise.

“We’re pretty self-suf­fi­cient, as we’ve man­aged our fi­nances,” Mayor Jo Dawkins said, af­ter the bud­get was ap­proved at a spe­cial meet­ing last week.

In 2009, the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment chipped in $122,000 and Lot­tery­west pro­vided $50,000 for re­pairs af­ter the py­lon was top­pled by a storm.

The coun­cil is now in­ves­ti­gat­ing op­tions to re­pair the py­lon’s dam­age below the wa­ter line that will last up to 25 years, but will have to use its own money be­cause no grant fund­ing is cur­rently avail­able.

How­ever, it will seek State and Fed­eral gov­ern­ment fund­ing when de­signs are com­plete for a greater Fore­shore Re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion Project.

Mrs Dawkins said the coun­cil bud­get had an­tic­i­pated for any in­creases to street­light power costs from the pend­ing State Bud­get.

The 3 per cent in­crease will re­sult in $9.764 mil­lion be­ing col­lected in rates, up $221,079 from last fi­nan­cial year. Asked if rates growth of about $150,000-$200,000 was enough to sus­tain the coun­cil's bud­get, a spokes­woman said a long-term fi­nan­cial plan demon­strated the coun­cil’s vi­a­bil­ity in the next 10 years.

A re­main­ing $5.9 mil­lion from the $9.1 mil­lion sale of the Town’s de­pot sev­eral years ago com­prises most of $9.38 mil­lion in re­serves, from which $623,500 will pay for fore­shore and beach-re­lated projects.

The $4.199 mil­lion cap­i­tal works pro­gram in­cludes a new $161,534 Marine Pa­rade bike path, for which con­cept plans are be­ing de­vel­oped, and $269,223 for a path for the Sta­tion Street re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion project.

An al­lo­ca­tion of $250,000 will fund the first stage of the Fore­shore Renewal Project, in­clud­ing a beach ac­cess ramp and path im­prove­ments.

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