Affordability and Sustainability, Key Considerations for Budget
The Shire of Murray will continue to invest in infrastructure improvements, environment protection, economic development and community support and service-based initiatives following Council’s adoption of the 2019/20 budget and supplementary rates and minimum payments at the Special Council Meeting on Thursday 1 August.
An overall rating increase of 2% with 0% increase for residential waste charges will be applied.
According to Shire President Cr. David Bolt, the Budget balances the desire to limit the increase for ratepayers with the need to maintain a sustainable financial position, in the provision of key community services.
“Over the course of the next financial year the Shire will, through collaborative relationships and a combination of revenue sources, continue to improve quality of life in Murray through project delivery, investment attraction, district level planning, tourism and place-making,” Cr. Bolt said.
2019/20 funding priorities include:
- Dwellingup National Trails Centre conclusion of works including the Dwellingup Trails and Visitor Centre opening and landscaping, road, parking and path improvements – $3.1M (Part funded by the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund, Alcoa and Dwellingup Community Association Inc.)
- Dwellingup trails development – $8.4M (Part funded by the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund and the Department of Biodiversity Conservation and Attractions)
- Agri-Innovation Precinct architectural designs and equipment requirements, leading to construction – $6.5M (Part funded by the Australian Government’s Regional Growth Fund)
- Murray River Square and Foreshore Redevelopment – $1.25M (Part funded by the State Government’s Regional Grant Scheme and Local Projects Local Jobs Grant Scheme, Lotterywest, Peel Development Commission and Alcoa)
- Bushfire Risk Management Plan – $171,213 (Fully funded by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services)
- District Structure Planning including District Traffic Review – $210,125
- Bushfire Centre of Excellence, to ensure the Centre’s opening by December 2020 – in-kind support
Tourism, Place-Making, Economy and Business
- Tourism Strategy and Tourism Marketing and Communication Strategy – $78,000
- Supporting the delivery of initiatives by local place-making groups – $25,000
- Dwellingup Local Place Plan preparation – $5,000
- Dwellingup 100 town activation to maximise economic opportunities – $9,500
- Economic development initiatives to continue investment attraction including Murrayfield Airport – $20,000
- Business Capability Support Program – $10,000
- Façade Refurbishment Subsidy Program – $10,000
- Pinjarra Festival – $83,128
- Christmas Celebration – $18,879
- Youth Program – $10,000
- Coastal Hazard Risk Management and Adaptation Planning Strategy – $175,000 (Part funded by the Western Australian Planning Commission)
- Serpentine-Jarrahdale Landcare Partnership – $25,000
- Supporting biosecurity works and projects to build community capacity in weed and pest management – $10,000
- Community assisted riverbank restoration – $20,000
- Edenvale Homestead conservation works – $25,000
- Edenvale Landscape Masterplan implementation of first stage works – $62,000
- Ceiling replacement for Miss Adam’s House, 6 George Street, Pinjarra – $30,000
- North Dandalup Oval and Play Space – staged construction pending income from lot sales at Lot 102 Lakes Road
- Murray Aquatic and Leisure Centre court one toilet and change room renewal – $64,500
- 24 hour gym access at Murray Aquatic and Leisure Centre – $42,500
- North Pinjarra play space enhancement through access to toilets and hall kitchen upgrade – $9,853
- Murray Street Masterplan development, Coolup – $25,000
- York Street Park shade sails and green space, Furnissdale – $45,000 (Part funded by Alcoa)
- Gowman Reserve playground and landscaping, Ravenswood – $75,000 (Part funded by Lotterywest and Alcoa)
- Design of tip face for Corio Road Waste Transfer Station – $53,845
- Pinjarra War Memorial relocation and landscaping – $70,000 (Part funded by Alcoa)
- Sport and community facilities feasibility studies for South Yunderup, Ravenswood, Pinjarra and Dwellingup – $60,000
Roads – $3M | Pathways – $206,739 | Drainage and kerbing – $102,388
Differential rates continue to apply for the 2019/20 financial year with a 20% lower rate in the dollar applied for commercial properties.
According to Cr. Bolt, differential rates restore equity across categories of land use.
“Differential rates ensure the viability and growth of our existing businesses, encourage new start-ups and attract other businesses and service providers into Murray, to widen our economic base and create more local jobs,” Cr. Bolt said.
Differential rates were applied due to valuation fluctuations in 2017/18, whereby the gross rental value of commercial properties increased by an average of 8.05%, while residential property values decreased by 9.16%.
Rates notices will be delivered to ratepayers via their preferred delivery method – mail, email or BPAY View, from Friday 30 August. To register to receive rates notices via email visit erates.com/murray or for further information visit: Projects | Rates | Waste