SHIRE of Mundaring Council unanimously adopted its budget and Corporate Business Plan at an Ordinary Council Meeting last night.
The Shire's rates yield is expected to increase to 2.6%, plus an additional 0.5% forecast growth from new dwellings.
The budget outlines many community assets provided and maintained by the Shire such as parks, roads, halls, footpaths, playgrounds and waste transfer stations. It also lists the many services the Shire offers the community.
Shire President John Daw said he was confident ratepayers would be satisfied with the budget as it reflects priorities identified by them in the Strategic Community Plan.
"We have continued our commitment to transitioning a lower rating profile which was established in the lead up to the 2017/18 budget," he said.
The Long Term Financial Plan, another key financial document, was also adopted at the meeting.
Cr Daw said the plan demonstrates an ongoing commitment to providing quality infrastructure to the community as well as a continued focus on maintaining the natural environment.
"This includes the creation of a vegetation and weed control team who will specifically focus on eradicating invasive weeds and improving the overall appearance of roadsides and public spaces," he said.
Council also adopted a new grant funding model to support youth services. Improved lighting at Mundaring and Chidlow Ovals and enhancements to the existing Darlington Skate Park are also included in the plan.
"One of our strategic objectives has been to increase engagement throughout our community. We have achieved this," Cr Daw said. "We have listened to the needs of our ratepayers and endeavoured to meet their needs.
"For example, we have seen membership at both libraries increase dramatically in the past 12 months. The Long Term Financial Plan allows for additional library staff so we can continue to meet the community's expectations."
Capital projects (listed in the first two years of the LTFP):
- Mundaring Oval upgrade of oval lighting - Shire contribution $195K
- Mundaring Oval hardcourts resurfacing - Shire contribution $220K
Key strategy projects (listed in the first two years of the LTFP):
- Recreation Plan (Inc. Skate Park & active oval lighting)
- Public Health Plan
- Mundaring Town Centre Land Assembly Project
- Weed Control Strategy Review
- Reconciliation Action Plan
- Seniors Housing Land Use Strategy
- Public Open Space Strategy
Changes to service levels to be implemented within the next 12 months:
- Vegetation Weed Control Crew
- Regional Tourism approach
- Environmental Enhancements
- Library Staffing
- Internal Audit
REDUCTION OF SERVICES
- Tree Canopy Understory Program (TCUP)
CHANGE OF SERVICES
- Approach to delivering Youth Services
There will be a minimal 0.57 FTE increase as a result of savings and efficiencies created in other areas of the Shire.