Bud­get to de­liver a more con­nected and ac­ces­si­ble City

Wanneroo Times - - News -

The City of Wan­neroo has an­nounced a $67m al­lo­ca­tion for cap­i­tal works through­out 2018/19.

The new bud­get strongly fo­cuses on pro­vid­ing re­sources to bring greater ac­ces­si­bil­ity to City in­fra­struc­ture as well as fa­cil­i­ties and ser­vices, pro­mote ac­tive and healthy life­styles, and con­nect lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties. “In re­cent years we have built many fa­cil­i­ties, ex­panded our in­fra­struc­ture and worked with the com­mu­nity to en­hance our ser­vices. This year we are con­cen­trat­ing on im­prov­ing the con­nec­tion of those ser­vices and fa­cil­i­ties to our lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties and fine-tun­ing them to bet­ter suit the needs of our res­i­dents,” City of Wan­neroo Mayor Tracey Roberts said. “The City’s bud­get pri­or­i­ties are a re­sult of the com­mu­nity themes in the Strate­gic Com­mu­nity Plan 2017/18 2026/27, a doc­u­ment built on di­rect en­gage­ment with com­mu­nity groups, lo­cal busi­nesses, res­i­dents and other stake­hold­ers within the City of Wan­neroo. “This year we’re also driv­ing the im­por­tance of ac­tive and healthy life­styles. The works planned to up­grade com­mu­nity and sport­ing fa­cil­i­ties in the City en­sures res­i­dents have greater op­por­tu­ni­ties to par­tic­i­pate in sport, get in­volved with their lo­cal vol­un­teer club or join a com­mu­nity group. “Con­nect­ing in­di­vid­u­als with com­mu­nity through sport, vol­un­teer­ing, leisure and cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties or hob­bies has sub­stan­tial ben­e­fits to phys­i­cal and men­tal wellbeing. As a City, we are com­mit­ted to giv­ing res­i­dents as many op­por­tu­ni­ties as pos­si­ble to en­joy their lo­cal com­mu­nity,” Mayor Roberts said. Ma­jor projects to come from this year’s cap­i­tal works bud­get in­clude $6.9m for up­grades to ex­ist­ing sport­ing fa­cil­i­ties, while a fur­ther $2.1m has been set aside to de­velop the Neer­abup In­dus­trial Area. Sev­eral roads will also see up­grades across the City with more than $20m re­served to ease traf­fic con­ges­tion and in­crease safety for mo­torists. The 2018/19 bud­get will also sup­port the launch of the City’s new Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Ac­tion and Ac­cess and In­clu­sion Plans that aim to strengthen its di­verse com­mu­nity. “With a res­i­den­tial rate rise of only 2% in a rapidly ex­pand­ing City, I’m proud of how much we are able to achieve due to on­go­ing ef­fi­cien­cies be­ing im­ple­mented by the City, al­low­ing us to pro­vide more for res­i­dents,” Mayor Roberts said.

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