Roads and facility improvements a focus for Dardanup shire budget

The Shire of Dardanup has approved its 2014/15 budget. Pictured are the council chambers with Shire president Mick Bennett inset. THE Shire of Dardanup has adopted its 2014/15 budget which puts a strong focus on local roads and improving community facilities.

Shire president Mick Bennett said he was happy with the budget outcomes which again demonstrate prudent financial management by the council.

“As a Council we are always mindful of the need to balance the expectations of our fast growing but diverse population with sound financial management,” Cr Bennett said.

“We feel we have achieved that with this Budget and look forward to delivering its exciting outcomes and benefits to the community.”

An allocation of $5.6 million for significant road construction, improvements and maintenance was made possible with contributions from the state and federal governments.

Under the works, new traffic lights will be installed at the intersection of Eaton Drive and Recreation Drive with shopping centre developer City Gate Properties also contributing 50 per cent of the cost.

Upgrades and improvements will also be carried out on a number of rural and urban roads including Falcon Road, Joshua Brook Road, King Tree Road, Eaton Drive, Moore Road and Martin Pelusey Road.

A number of town streets will be resealed and new dual use paths will be installed on Crampton and Pratt roads.

The most significant allocation to community facilities of $350,000 went to redevelopment of the Eaton Foreshore.

A rates increase of 6.5 per cent representing an increase of $1.60 per week for townsite rates and $1.90 per week across all other rating categories will take effect and there will also be a reduction in thewaste disposal fees by $13 per bin service, down from $205 to $192.

The Shire of Dardanup is forecast to achieve the highest category in each of the seven financial guidelines in each year of its adopted $110 millionfouryear corporate business plan.

$5.6 million road upgrade androad maintenance program.

$100,000 for studies relating to the future development of land east of Eaton.

$131,000 for a donation to the Eaton Bowling Club for bowling green resurfacing.

$250,000 self-supporting loan to the Eaton Bowling Club.

$55,000 for ongoing community programs delivered through the Shire’s library service.

$15,000 pa for the next four years for new rural road tourism directional signage.

$100,000 toward improvements to Gnomesville car parking.

$44,000 energy efficient induction lighting at the Eaton Recreation Centre.

$91,000 for resurfacing of tennis courts at Burekup.

$150,000 for New Crook Brook Fire Brigade building.

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