Budget Set to Maintain Murray’s Momentum

Published on 27 August 2021

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Continuation of service delivery and economic diversification through tourism and major project development, as well as the improvement of sport and recreation facilities, are key priorities for the Shire of Murray’s 2021-2022 Budget.

Adopted at the Council Meeting on Thursday 26 August, following a year of no increases to Shire rates, fees and charges, the budget includes an overall rating increase of 1.5%, a differential rate in the dollar for residential and commercial properties, a 1% increase to waste charges and 2% increase to other Shire managed fees and charges.

According to Chief Executive Officer Mr. Dean Unsworth, the impact of COVID-19 on residents and ratepayers was a key consideration in the formation of this year’s budget, as was maintaining a sustainable financial environment to enable the continued provision of quality services and infrastructure into the medium and long term. 

“The budget progresses the achievement of the objectives of the Murray 2031 Strategic Community Plan and the 2021-2025 Corporate Business Plan, funding a range of services including community safety, youth, recreation, maintenance of community facilities, parks, gardens, playgrounds, infrastructure renewal and investment in major facilities, waste and recycling collection and building and planning.

“We headed into the new financial year on the momentum of an extremely progressive 2020-2021, having completed or progressed a number of key projects and having secured over $2.9M in funding.

“We are equipped and ready to continue enhancing our residents’ quality of life, establishing a thriving business sector and protecting our natural environment,” Mr. Unsworth said.

Key projects within the budget include:

Major:

  • Western Australian Food Innovation Precinct - completion of construction and opening mid-2022
  • Exchange Hotel Redevelopment - seek further external funding towards construction to incorporate a food and beverage establishment, indoor and outdoor spaces for retail and activation, multipurpose event-space and market garden offering

Tourism:

  • Tourism Strategy Implementation
  • Dwellingup Adventure Trails Project Completion- construction of a trails centre at Baden Powell with kiosk and a suspension bridge over the Murray River, sealing of gravel roads within the reserve to provide year round access to a scenic drive, over 20km of new mountain bike trails in and around Dwellingup and upgrades to the Captain Fawcett 4WD Track

Events:

  • Pinjarra Festival
  • Murray Community Christmas Celebration
  • Youth and Seniors Programs

Facility Improvements:

  • North Dandalup Open Space - improvements to the area surrounding the oval and inclusion of a kick-about space, in line with the facility master plan
  • Ravenswood Community Centre Construction
  • South Yunderup Oval Pavilion - construction of changeroom facilities at the oval, with kiosk, club storage, public toilets and an undercover area
  • Sir Ross McLarty Sports Precinct Master Plan Implementation - plan for the redevelopment of the second and fourth oval to accommodate both cricket and hockey as well as a new clubhouse and changeroom facility including kiosk, equipment storage and public toilets, to service the redeveloped ovals
  • Wharf Cove Jetty Redevelopment - replacement and improvement of jetty infrastructure to better suit recreational boating and the surrounding precinct
  • Sandy Cove Park Upgrade - maximise the park’s wharf location with improved pathways and connectivity to nearby shops, restaurants, sports club and residences, new play equipment, seating and double, accessible barbeque, small event space and landscaping
  • Pinjarra Swing Bridge Refurbishment
  • Coolup Footpath Construction - along Murray Street from the town, through the new rail crossing to the hall
  • Cantwell Park Refurbishment

The hall at Lot 1 (45) Culeenup Road, North Yunderup will be purchased from the Country Women’s Association of Western Australia, to safeguard its continued use for community building purposes.

Over $4.3M will be spent on upgrades and maintenance to numerous roads and bridges including projects funded through the Australian Government’s Roads to Recovery Program and the State Government’s Black Spot Program and Regional Road Group Agreement.

Rate notices will reach ratepayers from Friday 10 September.

Ratepayers who pay their rates in full before 15 October will be automatically entered into the 2021-2022 Rates Incentive Prize Draw for a chance to win $1,000 and other great prizes, thanks to Pinjarra Community Bank Branch, Quality Hotel Ambassador Perth, Fairbridge Festival and West Australian Symphony Orchestra.

For further information including to update your contact details or register for electronic delivery, visit our Rates section.

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