Rate increase lowest for a decade

Published on Wednesday 5 July, 2017

City of Gosnells Councillors last night approved its lowest rate increase for more than a decade.

Mayor Olwen Searle said the modest 1.95 per cent average rate increase acknowledged the current financial climate and minimised impact on ratepayers while maintaining a high level of services and infrastructure for residents.

“This increase will enable the City to continue to provide new facilities and services in our fast-growing suburbs, and renew facilities in our more established areas,” she said.

“We recognise finances are tight for both ratepayers and the City, and we are particularly pleased that careful financial management has kept the rates increase so low.”

Mayor Searle said investing in infrastructure would remain a priority in 2017/18, with $6.5 million allocated to major road projects, including the final stage of widening Southern River Road to Holmes Road in Southern River. A further $3.8 million would be invested in road resurfacing projects.

$4.52 million will be dedicated to an industrial subdivision in Southern River which, once complete, will boost jobs and investment in the City.

Work to progress the next phase of the Public Open Space strategy will continue, including a $6.8 million upgrade to Robinson Park in Gosnells and a $1 million improvement project for Emerald Park in Canning Vale.

Mayor Searle said she was particularly looking forward to an upgrade at Holling Street Reserve, Maddington, in the near future.

She also mentioned prudent financial management would allow the City to substantially reduce debt for the Mills Park redevelopment by two-thirds at the end of the financial year.

“This reduction in debt will deliver a considerable interest saving for the community,” she said.