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Community and infrastructure budget focus

Published on Friday 10 July, 2020

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Supporting the community, easing financial pressure on households and boosting infrastructure projects are the main priorities of the City’s 2020/21 Budget.

This week, Councillors approved the new Budget on the basis that ratepayers would pay less in rates in 2020/21 than they did in the previous year.

Mayor David Goode said he was very proud that no individual would pay more in rates, unless their property value had increased significantly mainly because of improvements they have made.

“Being able to reduce rates was a very important part in developing this new Budget,” the Mayor said.

“The Coronavirus pandemic completely changed our Budget preparation and there has been a much greater focus on responding to our community’s social and economic needs.

“We have increased spending on infrastructure to provide a $33 million capital works program to recharge the economy. This will be funded through reserve and grant money, to help generate jobs and keep businesses and trades operating.

“Some regular programs and events for our community have been changed due to physical distancing restrictions, however we are determined to ensure residents don’t miss opportunities to come together, to raise community spirits.

“The City is working hard to come up with new ways to keep our community connected and the best way to keep up-to-date with what’s happening in your neighbourhood is via the City’s website, eNewsletters or social media.”

More information on the City’s 2020/21 Budget is outlined in the Budget and Rates Newsletter, which will be available on the City’s website and will be sent to all ratepayers with the annual Rate Notice.

For more details about projects, services and events being delivered by the City during 2020/21, please visit the City’s website or call 9397 3000.

Key infrastructure projects:

  • $5.4 million – new Thornlie Community and Sports Hub
  • $2.6 million – upgrade Brabourne Street in Maddington
  • $2 million – install all-ability play equipment at five parks across the City
  • $1.9 million – upgrade Spencer Road, from Hume Road to Regal Drive in Thornlie
  • $1.1 million – widen Warton Road in Canning Vale, between Ranford Road and Arion Avenue
  • $1 million – make Gosnells Town Square a more interactive community space
  • $940,000 – widen Burslem Drive in Maddington, between Attfield Street and Olga Road
  • $732,000 – extend shared path along Railway Parade, from William Street to Carmichael Street in Beckenham
  • An additional $1.1 million from the Federal Government’s Local Road and Community Infrastructure Program will benefit multiple community facilities, with funding allocations currently being finalised.