Published: Thursday, 2 August 2018 at 3:41:48 PM

We are pleased to release this year’s budget which is aligned with what you told us is important to you throughout our integrated planning process. We have embraced your feedback to deliver projects that enable the Shire of Dandaragan to be the place you want it to be. The ideas you gave us during 2017/18 have driven the Council’s priorities to shape this budget. The community continue to express ambitious aspirations and we have weighed this with affordability to pay the rates required, with the desire to grow our communities.

We have continued to prioritise rural roads to keep them as safe as possible for those visiting, living and working throughout the Shire.  At the same time, we will provide high quality services, like keeping our footpaths in great shape, and upgrading the toilets on Corunna Road in Cervantes, but we know that you also want vibrant towns, so this year will see the development of a Shire-wide Arts and Culture Plan, solar lights installed along strategic locations in the recently extended Fauntleroy Park in Jurien Bay, and completion of the Cervantes Sport and Recreation Centre upgrade which will include a replacement playground.

Building the capacity of community groups and supporting them to host quality events was important to you so we have contributed $2,500 towards the State History Conference to be held in Cervantes, $5,000 to the RSL Commemoration Memorial Service, and $2,500 to the State sand greens tournament, both being held in Jurien Bay.  These contributions are in addition to the continued support of events around the Shire via our Community Grants program.

You told us that it was important for the Shire to support increased industry and jobs so we have continued to make progress on the Northern Growth Alliance with the Shires of Chittering and Gingin.  This will see a broader approach to attracting industry and funding and build the capacity of smaller regional Shires such as ours.  This also aligns with our participation in 2018/19, in collaboration with other Midwest towns, of innovative projects like the Astro Tourism Towns which will share and celebrate our dark skies.

To improve disability access of our recreation areas, Council has committed to fund an improved ramp and seating area to the Jurien Bay Marina beach, as well as partnering with the Jurien Bay Community Resource Centre to cover annual servicing costs of a beach wheelchair, which can be used in both Cervantes and Jurien Bay.  Improvements to facilities at Badgingarra Recreation Centre to activate the mezzanine floor, new shelving in the Dandaragan Library, and kerbing work to improve drainage and safety at the Dandaragan CRC will all occur in 2018/19.  Continuing the Service agreement with the Dandaragan CRC will ensure that the Shire has a presence in our inland towns.  The community told us that they would like us to increase youth spaces and activities, so this budget will see the funding and development of the first Shire of Dandaragan Youth Plan, our first Youth Advisory Council (YAC), in addition to the finalisation of the concept plan for a regional youth space/skate park facility in Jurien Bay.

We believe this budget strikes a good balance between delivering the outcomes our communities asked for, while keeping a rate increase as low as possible.  Through diligence, we have kept the 1.9% rate increase in line with the expected Local Government Cost Index which sits just higher than CPI.  We also had our first Gross Rental Value (GRV) revaluation in five years, therefore, while overall rates yield has increased by 1.9%. at the individual assessment level changes will vary.

We are proud to release this budget and we’re excited to see the next year unfold.

For a full copy of the Annual Budget please click on the following: Shire of Dandaragan 2018 / 19 Annual Budget 

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