2022/23 budget adopted at Special Council Meeting

Published on Friday, 29 July 2022 at 1:49:22 PM

Shire of Mundaring council adopted the 2022/2023 budget at a Special Council meeting on Wednesday 27 July.

Shire President, James Martin said the Council had worked diligently over a number of months in budget workshops to consider community requests while prudently managing the budget.

“The past few years have presented unprecedented changes due to COVID-19 and its impact on the economy,” he said.

“The Shire is not immune to the impacts of these changes. Council has worked hard to carefully consider and reflect increases in the costs of service delivery due to inflation.”

The budget incorporates a rate increase of 3.5 per cent.  This increase equates to $1.17 per week for an average residential property.

The Shire’s total rates revenue for 2022/23 is $ 31.25 million.

A $10.7m Capital Works Program for 2022/23 will deliver key projects such as:

  • Upgrades to the Scott Street bridge ($2.8M)

  • Upgrades to the Bilgoman Aquatic Centre change rooms ($275,000)

  • Upgrades to Mt Helena Oval change rooms ($75,000)

  • Upgrades to Norris Park ($80,000)

  • Upgrades to Triandra Park ($90,000)

  • Sawyers Valley Oval upgrades ($185,000)

  • Cycle Path from Chidlow townsite to Lake Leschenaultia ($1.085M)

A further $4.3 million will see a number of local roads upgraded, with $275,000 allocated to build new footpaths and $444,000 for our ovals, parks and reserves.

The Shire has secured Federal and State funding to assist with a number of these capital works and key projects adopted in the budget.

Corporate Plans also adopted

The Shire’s 10-year Long Term Financial Plan and four-year Corporate Business Plan for 2022/23 to 2025/26 were also endorsed at the meeting.

A key part of the Shire’s four year Corporate Business Plan include a number of initiatives as part of our  strong commitment to the environment and the impacts of climate change.

Energy emission projects 

One such project will see the Shire reduce its energy emissions over the next four years by converting street lights to LED across the Shire.

The $2.9 million project will be part funded by a $1.4 million grant from the Commonwealth Government’s ‘Local Government and Communities Infrastructure Program’ and $1.5 million from the Shire’s reserves.

The conversion will result in financial savings and environmental benefits well into the future.

Council also allocated an initial sum of $85,000 in the first year of the Corporate Business Plan, and thereafter $20,000 per year, towards an environmental reserve fund for future projects. This will further reduce emissions, protect and enhance the environment and promote green initiatives.

 

 

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