2018/19 Budget approved, refuse charge remains frozen

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Joondalup Council has approved the City’s 2018/19 Budget at its June meeting, which included an overall rate increase restricted to 2.95 per cent for most ratepayers and for the fourth consecutive year no increase to the City’s refuse charge.

Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob said preparing the budget was an extremely challenging process for Council and the City’s administration.

“It is a challenge to strike a balance of minimising the impacts of rising costs with maintaining and upgrading existing infrastructure and facilities, and delivering services the community wants and expects,” Mayor Jacob said.

“For a number of years, through prudent financial management, the City has been able to deliver modest rate increases while still being able to deliver services and provide facilities that have consistently met the expectations of residents.

“However, the City’s operating position has suffered, and it is important that the Council address the City’s current operating deficit.”

The 2018/19 Budget contains a number of highlights, including implementing the new Three Bin System, advancing the Joondalup CBD Development and other significant projects, progressing the Burns Beach to Mindarie Dual Use Path and Joondalup Men’s Shed, upgrades and refurbishment works at Percy Doyle Reserve and other City-owned buildings, funding for street lighting as well as streetscape enhancement and landscaping works, funding for natural areas, landscaping and conservation, including fencing, paths and firebreaks and management of dedicated bushland areas, various road construction, footpath, drainage, parking and other infrastructure works including Blackspot projects at Whitfords Avenue, Marmion Avenue and Hepburn Avenue, as well as the Burns Beach Road and Joondalup Drive intersection upgrades, and funding for Kaleidoscope following on enormously successful events in 2016 and 2017.

Funding has also been allocated for the development of a fenced dog exercise facility and to progress the Health and Wellbeing Project at Whitfords Nodes Park in Hillarys

$3.8 million has been allocated to park improvement projects as part of the City’s commitment to provide the best amenities for the community, including floodlighting upgrades at Kingsley Park, refurbishment of the toilets/change rooms at Mawson Park (Hillarys), irrigation works at Juniper (Duncraig), Manapouri /Windermere (Joondalup) and Prince Regent (Heathridge) parks, renewal of existing play equipment is set for Juniper (Duncraig)), Cockman (Greenwood), Tuart (Edgewater), Faversham (Heathridge), Alfreton (Duncraig), Nagresco (Currambine), Gascoyne (Woodvale), Cadogan (Kingsley), and Wedgewood (Edgewater) parks, and significant drainage upgrades at Timberlane Park (Woodvale).

“As the demand for services and programs in the community increases, so too does the pressure to ensure the City has sufficient revenues to meet these expectations. The City’s 2018/19 Budget has been developed to achieve this objective,” Mayor Jacob said.

“The City is responsible for more than $1.5 billion worth of assets throughout the community, all of which are rightly provided to a high standard, but are also costly to manage and maintain.

“The City also delivers essential services to the community, including waste collection, immunisation services, community safety, animal control, health services such as food and water inspections and building certifications, and community services such as libraries and youth services.

“But amidst the rising costs, it is extremely pleasing that for the fourth consecutive year there has been no increase to the City’s refuse charge. This is in no small part due to the new method of bulk waste collection, which has been in operation over the past two years and has led to improved recycling rates as well as easing the financial burden for ratepayers.

“The City new three bin system of waste collection, which will commence in early 2019 and is supported and encouraged by the State Government, will further assist with reducing the amount of waste disposed at landfill and help to prevent significant rises in future to the refuse charge which would otherwise have been incurred.”

City of Joondalup ratepayers have the chance to have their 2018/19 rates paid up to the value of $2,000 by signing up to the City’s eRates service by Monday July 9 at www.joondalup.wa.gov.au. Terms and Conditions apply.

2018/19 Budget Highlights

  • $5.7 million to progress implementation of Better Bins – New Three Bin System.
  • $2.7 million to progress the Burns Beach to Mindarie dual use path.
  • $2.7 million to progress the Joondalup Men’s Shed.
  • $1.4 million for street lighting, including $500,000 for the Joondalup City Centre Lighting project.
  • $1.4 million to undertaken various upgrade and refurbishment works at Percy Doyle Reserve including refurbishment of Mildenhall, Duncraig Leisure Centre and the tennis clubrooms, Sorrento Bowling Clubroom extension and Percy Doyle utilities upgrade .
  • $3.8 million for parks equipment, playground equipment, shelters, barbecues and parks irrigation refurbishments.
  • $1.6 million to undertake streetscape enhancement and landscaping works including the Leafy City program.
  • $1.7 million to undertake refurbishment works at City owned buildings.
  • $12 million for various road construction, drainage and other infrastructure including Blackspot projects at Whitfords Avenue, Marmion Avenue and Hepburn Avenue; Burns Beach Road and Joondalup Drive intersection upgrade; road preservation and resurfacing, local traffic treatments, stormwater drainage, and other infrastructure; new footpaths, shared use paths and slab path replacements and parking facilities.
  • $859,850 for natural areas, landscaping and conservation including fencing, paths and firebreaks and management of dedicated bushland areas, bushland in developed parks and foreshores.
  • $466,671 to advance the Joondalup CBD Development and other significant projects.
  • $400,000 for the Kaleidoscope event.