Mayor’s Column – Hon. Al­bert Ja­cob JP

North Coast Weekender - - OPINION -

Coun­cil adopts 18-19 Bud­get

Joon­dalup Coun­cil has adopted its 2018-19 Bud­get which in­cluded an over­all rates in­crease of 2.95%.

This mod­est in­crease, sim­i­lar to other large Lo­cal Gov­ern­ments in Perth, bal­ances the cost of liv­ing pres­sures that many res­i­dents are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing whilst en­sur­ing the con­tin­ued de­liv­ery and main­te­nance of ma­jor in­fras­truc­ture projects, ser­vices and pro­grams.

The 2018-19 Cap­i­tal Works pro­gram, adopted as part of the Bud­get process, in­cludes sev­eral sig­nif­i­cant projects and pro­grams in­clud­ing:

• $5.7 mil­lion to progress im­ple­men­ta­tion of a new three bin sys­tem;

• $2.7 mil­lion to progress the Burns Beach to Min­darie dual use path;

• $3.8 mil­lion for parks and pub­lic open space projects;

• $1.4 mil­lion for street light­ing which in­cludes $500,000 for the Joon­dalup City Cen­tre Light­ing project and

• $1.4 mil­lion to un­der­taken var­i­ous up­grade and re­fur­bish­ment works at Percy Doyle Re­serve.

For the fourth suc­ces­sive year no in­crease has been made to the City’s refuse charge. A sig­nif­i­cant con­trib­u­tor to the City be­ing able to main­tain the cur­rent refuse charge is the City’s on-re­quest bulk hard waste ser­vice, which has achieved sig­nif­i­cant positive re­sults in terms of im­proved re­cy­cling rates, less waste to land­fill and cost sav­ings.

Win your rates paid for a year

Ratepay­ers have the chance to have their 2018-19 rates paid up to the value of $2,000 just by sign­ing up to the City’s eRates ser­vice.

Any­one who has reg­is­tered for eRates by Mon­day 9 July has the chance to win this great prize, which is be­ing of­fered by the City for the first time.

Re­ceiv­ing no­tices elec­tron­i­cally is more con­ve­nient for ratepay­ers and by go­ing pa­per­less, the City will save money on print­ing, distri­bu­tion and ad­min­is­tra­tion costs. To reg­is­ter visit

joon­dalup.wa.gov.au Cap­tur­ing na­ture in all its glory

Edge­wa­ter res­i­dent Nathan Yaschenko’s stun­ning pho­to­graph of a Var­ie­gated Fairy-wren, Black, Blue and Beau­ti­ful, has won the City of Joon­dalup’s 2018 Cap­ture Na­ture Pho­tog­ra­phy com­pe­ti­tion.

Open to young peo­ple aged 12-18 years, who ei­ther live or study in the City, this year’s com­pe­ti­tion at­tracted 189 sub­mis­sions – a record level of en­tries.

En­trants were asked to sub­mit an orig­i­nal lo­cal pho­to­graph of a beach, bush or wet­land en­vi­ron­ment along­side a cap­tion.

The Cap­ture Na­ture pho­tog­ra­phy com­pe­ti­tion is held in sup­port of World En­vi­ron­ment Day (5 June) to raise aware­ness and pro­mote dis­cus­sion and ac­tion on pro­tect­ing our pre­cious en­vi­ron­ment.

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