Shire of Mundaring unanimously adopted the 2021/22 budget at a Special Council meeting last night.
The Shire’s 10-year Long Term Financial Plan and four-year Corporate Business Plan were also endorsed at the meeting.
Shire President, John Daw, said the Council carefully evaluated short and long-term plans to set a clear direction for the 2021/22 budget.
“These core documents form part of the Shire’s Integrated Planning and Reporting Framework,” he said.
“More importantly, they put the community’s values and visions, as outlined in the Strategic Community Plan, into action.”
“As we cautiously emerge from a year that was heavily impacted by COVID-19 and the devastating Wooroloo Bushfires, Council has acted prudently and responsibly to keep rates as low as possible while providing essential services and supporting our community.”
A $9.5m Capital Works Program for 2021/22 will deliver key projects such as:
• Upgrades to the Stoneville Bushfire Brigade Building ($900,000)
• Enhancements to Lake Leschenaultia, including the western side toilet block
• Replacing the grandstand at Bilgoman Aquatic Centre ($180,000)
• Upgrade works at Mundaring Cemetery ($200,000)
• Significant upgrades to the play equipment at Broz Park in Helena Valley ($339,000)
Cr Daw said the Shire was pleased to have secured Federal and State funding to assist with many of the capital works adopted in the budget.
“A further $4.6 million will see a number of local roads upgraded, with $265,000 allocated to build new footpaths and $1 million for our ovals, parks and reserves,” he said.
Council also approved a 3.29 per cent rates yield increase.
This includes a predicted 0.5 per cent increase due to natural growth in rateable properties, and will bring the Shire’s total rates revenue for 2021/22 to just over $30 million.
Cr Daw said the increase aligned with predictions in the Shire’s Long Term Financial Plan.
“I am confident that this budget, which includes a modest rates rise, strikes the right balance between astute financial management and meeting community needs,” he said.