By Sally McGlew
THE Shire of Mundaring has adopted a 2.68 per cent rate rise for the 2021/22 financial year at a special meeting held on Tuesday, July 6.
Shire President John Daw said the budget set a clear plan for the future.
Ratepayers will have until March 14, 2022 to pay their rates if they opt for quarterly instalments.
The Shire’s long term financial plan was also approved and the four-year Corporate Business Plan.
The long-term financial plan estimates revenue from rates in 2021/22 is just over $30 million which is a 3.29 per cent increase in the Shire’s rates earnings from 2020/21.
On the infrastructure spending lists are major works which include a complete rebuild of the Scott Street Bridge which will be completed by Main Roads WA (MRWA).
The 87-year-old timber bridge is in poor condition and is an important link across the Helena River with no other alternative route close by and has increasing traffic due to new suburbs in the area.
In 2019 the Federal Government committed $2.4 million for the bridge upgrade to address its poor physical condition and to meet the increasing traffic volumes predicted in future.
The work is scheduled to start in May 2022 and expected to take two years.
MRWA has also flagged their plan to upgrade the two intersections at Great Eastern Highway and Old Northam Road during the 2021/22 period.
A further 17 planned footpath projects are proposed to be renewed or built over the next four years costing $265,000 per annum plus $1.1 million from the state government for a new cycle path from Chidlow town centre to Lake Leschenaultia.
Other capital works costed at $9.5 million include the old Stoneville Hall/Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade building being upgraded to accommodate the Stoneville Fire Brigade; building disability access upgrades including Lake Leschenaultia’s west side toilet block and the Parkerville Hall, Glen Forrest Hall and Chidlow Recreation Pavilion.
Many of the smaller local works will be funded from the civic facilities reserve and supplemented with funds from community lobbying efforts and state and federal grants.
Larger works like Walker Street/Stoneville Road intersection or the Stoneville/Steven Road crossing will be upgraded at the cost of $200,000.
Bigger infrastructure like the Bilgoman Aquatic Centre will initially undergo a replacement grandstand in 2021/22 with a further $550,000 earmarked for the kiosk and toilets the following financial year.
A multi-million dollar Splash Park has also been scheduled for the Bilgoman Centre.
In moving the motion to accept the budget Cr David Lavell said he commended the Shire officers work as well as the consultants in allowing the councillors to be able to confidently adopt the long-term financial plan.
Cr Daw said the budget put the community’s values and visions, as outlined in the Strategic Community Plan, into action.
“I’m confident this budget, which includes a modest rate rise, strikes the right balance between astute financial management and meeting community needs,” he said.