2019/20 Budget Approved, Refuse Charge Remains Frozen

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Joondalup Council has approved the City’s 2019/20 Budget at its June meeting.

The overall rate and refuse increase for a residential improved property on the average gross rental value (GRV) of $23,409 and a standard refuse service is 1.77%.

This is made up of a differential rate in the dollar increase for 2019/20 of 2.25% and a 0% increase in the refuse charge for the fifth consecutive year.

Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob said preparing the budget continues to provide challenges in a tough economic environment.

“Growth and inflation are at very low levels and interest rates are at record lows, while opportunities for funding from Federal and State programs for the City remains constrained despite the City maximising grant opportunities when they present,” Mayor Jacob said.

“It is pleasing that this Budget has delivered a significant improvement to the operating position with the City budgeting a modest operating surplus for the first time in many years.

“In this year’s Budget, the City is proposing no new borrowings and is actually retiring 30% of our total debt in the next 12 months.

“It is also very pleasing that the City’s refuse charge again remains frozen, and this can be attributed to the successful implementation of initiatives such as the Three Bin System which has been rolled out over the past six months.”

Mayor Jacob said initiatives that have been implemented over the last several years and in the 2019/20 Budget have reduced expenditure through efficiencies and program changes.

“These have delivered an improved projected position for 2018/19 and will carry through into the 2019/20 operating budget,” he said.

“The 2019/20 operating budget includes real reductions in employee costs of $342,000, or 0.5%, and materials and contracts of $1.5 million, or 2.9%.

“These have been achieved through efficiencies and program changes, particularly in waste services and patrol services.”

The 2019/20 Budget contains a number of highlights, including:

  • Stage One upgrades at the Craigie Leisure Centre. This project is to consider the relocation and extension of the group fitness and cycle rooms, and the extension of the gym which is now at full capacity.
  • Progressing design and construction of café/restaurants at Burns Beach and Pinnaroo Point.
  • Joondalup City Centre Lighting project pole replacement and introduction of energy-efficient LED lighting.
  • Undertaking various upgrade and refurbishment works at Percy Doyle Reserve.
  • Funding for parks equipment, playground equipment, shelters, barbecues and parks irrigation refurbishments.
  • Streetscape enhancement and landscaping projects, including the Leafy City program.
  • Undertaking refurbishment and upgrade works at City-owned buildings.
  • Various road construction, drainage and other infrastructure, and maintenance and capital for natural areas, landscaping and conservation.

“The balance of minimising the impacts of rising costs with maintaining and upgrading existing infrastructure and facilities, and delivering services the community wants and expects, continues to present a challenge for the City,” Mayor Jacob said.

“Other factors that need to be considered include delivering on the vision set out in the City’s Strategic Community Plan, Joondalup 2022, as well as ensuring the more than $1.5 billion worth of assets throughout the community which are owned by the City continue to be provided to a high standard, despite being costly to manage and maintain.

“The 2019/20 Budget aims to meet these challenges and address them whilst ensuring the financial sustainability of the City.”

City of Joondalup ratepayers are encouraged to sign up to the eRates service by 12.00noon on 9 July 2019 to receive their 2019/20 rates notices and instalment reminders by email.

Receiving and sending notices electronically is more convenient for ratepayers and by going paperless the City saves money on printing, distribution and administration costs.

Register for eRates on the City’s website.

2019/20 Budget Highlights

  • $2.5m to progress Kiosks/Restaurants for Burns Beach and Pinnaroo Point.
  • $2.4m to progress Stage One upgrades at the Craigie Leisure Centre.
  • $4m for Street Lighting, which includes $3.2m for the Joondalup City Centre Lighting project
  • $1.8m to undertake various upgrade and refurbishment works at Percy Doyle Reserve, including:
    • Mildenhall refurbishment
    • Commencing floodlighting upgrades for pitches and oval
    • Sorrento Bowling Clubrooms extension
    • Utilities upgrade
    • Duncraig Community Centre refurbishment
  • $5m for parks equipment, playground equipment, shelters, barbecues and parks irrigation refurbishments.
  • $1.3m to undertake streetscape enhancement and landscaping works, including the Leafy City program.
  • $3.3m to undertake refurbishment and upgrade works at City-owned buildings.
  • $13m for various road construction, drainage and other infrastructure, including:
    • Blackspot projects at Ocean Reef Road and Hepburn Avenue
    • Warwick Road and Erindale Road intersection upgrade
    • Road preservation and resurfacing, local traffic treatments, stormwater drainage, and other infrastructure
    • New footpaths, shared use paths and slab path replacements
    • Parking facilities
  • $797,775 on maintenance and capital for natural areas, landscaping and conservation including fencing, paths and firebreaks and management of dedicated bushland areas, bushland in developed parks and foreshores.

Budget Highlights by Suburb

BELDON
Ocean Reef Road/Eddystone Avenue upgrade* ($145,000)
Gradient Park playspace renewal ($110,000)

BURNS BEACH
Construction of a café/kiosk/restaurant at Burns Beach Foreshore ($500,000)
Burns Beach foreshore new parking facilities ($250,000)
Burns Beach to Mindarie dual use path ($100,000)
Beachside Drive drainage improvements ($40,000)

CRAIGIE
Craigie Leisure Centre Upgrades Stage 1 ($2,282,000)
Amy Loop resurfacing and rehabilitation works ($152,000)
Chadstone Park playspace renewal ($110,000)
Acadia Gardens resurfacing and rehabilitation works ($38,000)
Lina Close resurfacing and rehabilitation works ($28,000)

CONNOLLY
Princeville Tor Catchments Gross Pollutant Traps ($350,000)
Huntingdale Park irrigation renewal ($70,000)

CURRAMBINE
Caledonia Park pathway replacement ($125,000)
Yorkshire Grove resurfacing and rehabilitation works ($51,000)
Albury Lane resurfacing and rehabilitation works ($36,000)

DUNCRAIG
Mildenhall refurbishment ($326,000)
Duncraig Community Centre refurbishment ($205,000)
Percy Doyle Reserve floodlighting upgrades ($148,900)
Chessell Drive road improvements ($190,000)
Percy Doyle Reserve utilities upgrade ($168,000)
Extension of Sorrento Bowling Clubrooms ($150,900)
Kelvin Park playspace renewal and pathway replacement ($138,000)
Readshaw Road/Marmion Avenue intersection upgrade ($60,000)
Wanbrow Park drainage upgrade ($50,000)

EDGEWATER
Quarry Ramble resurfacing and rehabilitation works* ($202,000)
Reflection Close resurfacing and rehabilitation works ($64,000)
Toona Gardens resurfacing and rehabilitation works ($57,000)
Magnolia Mews resurfacing and rehabilitation works ($55,000)
Tipuana Place resurfacing and rehabilitation works ($39,000)

GREENWOOD
Callistemon Street resurfacing and rehabilitation works ($197,000)
Madrona Crescent resurfacing and rehabilitation works* ($124,000)
Blackall and Warrigal Park Bore Renewals ($114,500)
Mamo Place resurfacing and rehabilitation works ($113,000)
Hepburn Avenue/Cockman Road upgrade* ($105,000)
Heritage Precinct Development ($100,000)
Redgum Street resurfacing and rehabilitation works ($59,000)
Yulan Close resurfacing and rehabilitation works ($57,000)
Aspen Close resurfacing and rehabilitation works ($60,000)
Leith Court resurfacing and rehabilitation works ($42,000)
Sheoak Street resurfacing and rehabilitation works ($28,000)
Camelia Court resurfacing and rehabilitation works ($27,000)

HEATHRIDGE
Strombus Way resurfacing and rehabilitation works ($99,000)
Estuary Way resurfacing and rehabilitation works ($93,000)
Montebello Avenue resurfacing and rehabilitation works* ($72,000)
Wampum Place resurfacing and rehabilitation works ($48,000)
Dosinia Place resurfacing and rehabilitation works ($38,000)
Neon Court resurfacing and rehabilitation works ($35,000)
Brewis Court resurfacing and rehabilitation works ($21,000)
Corona Court resurfacing and rehabilitation works ($20,000)

HILLARYS
Whitfords Nodes Health and Wellbeing Hub regional park* ($500,000)
Whitfords Avenue/Northshore Drive roundabout upgrade* ($392,000)
Hillarys Animal Beach shared path* ($135,000)
Ellesmere Heights resurfacing and rehabilitation works ($81,000)
Whitfords Nodes South playspace renewal ($80,000)
Scott Park playspace renewal ($60,000)
Bage Court resurfacing and rehabilitation works ($60,000)
Gleddon Way drainage upgrade ($30,000)
Orient Park irrigation upgrades ($25,000)

ILUKA
Marmion/Shenton Avenue – Naturaliste Blvd shared pathway replacement ($80,000)
Joondalup Bowling Club toilet construction* ($62,199)
Iluka Beach Park new lighting infrastructure ($40,000)
Redondo Court resurfacing and rehabilitation works ($35,000)

JOONDALUP
Joondalup City Centre Lighting* ($3,175,000)
City Centre Streetscape Renewal Program ($400,000)
Burns Beach Road/Joondalup Drive roundabout works* ($192,000)
Boas Avenue intersections upgrades ($100,000)

KALLAROO
Ranford Way resurfacing and rehabilitation works* ($192,000)
Triton Place resurfacing and rehabilitation works ($91,000)
Bridgewater Park cabinet renewal ($45,000)
Dampier Park irrigation renewals ($28,600)

KINGSLEY
Moolanda Park Landscape Master Planning upgrades ($275,000)
Kingsley Community Vision renewal of kitchen, bathroom upgrade, ceiling works* ($200,000)
Hepburn Avenue/Mitchell Freeway on-ramp (southbound) works* ($75,666)
Pillapai Court resurfacing and rehabilitation works ($55,000)
Coventry Court resurfacing and rehabilitation works ($48,000)

KINROSS
Falkland Park extension ($627,000)
Thornton Park pathway lighting ($50,000)
Falkland Park security lighting ($35,000)

MARMION
Marmion Beach Toilet works ($100,000)
Braden Park irrigation renewal ($82,000)

MULLALOO
West View car park improvements ($135,000)
Blackboy Park playspace renewal ($117,000)
Laurel Street resurfacing and rehabilitation works* ($113,500)
Wolinski Park playspace renewal ($110,000)
Tom Simpson Park LED upgrades ($80,000)

OCEAN REEF
Lexcen Park playspace renewal ($117,000)
Spinnaker Drive resurfacing and rehabilitation works* ($115,000)
Tiller Road resurfacing and rehabilitation works ($84,000)
Santiago Park cabinet renewal ($32,000)

PADBURY
Simpson Park sump beautification ($225,000)
Whitfords Avenue/Marsden Way – Mitchell Freeway pathway replacement ($120,000)
Forrest Park playspace renewal ($110,000)
Pierre Place resurfacing and rehabilitation works ($48,000)
Walter Padbury bore renewal ($36,000)

SORRENTO
Clontarf/Cliff Street resurfacing and rehabilitation works* ($255,500)
Steele Road resurfacing and rehabilitation works ($152,000)
Geneff Park playspace renewal ($110,000)
Martin Road resurfacing and rehabilitation works ($88,000)
Seacrest Park cabinet renewals ($64,000)
Elfreda Avenue entry/exit treatments ($60,000)
Sorrento Foreshore LED upgrade ($60,000)
Nuytsia Avenue resurfacing and rehabilitation works ($56,000)
Hasper Place resurfacing and rehabilitation works ($50,000)
Kempenfeldt Avenue resurfacing and rehabilitation works ($47,000)
Hamersley Road drainage upgrade ($30,000)

WARWICK
Warwick Road/Erindale Road intersection upgrade* ($810,000)
Ellersdale Park clubrooms refurbishment and floodlighting upgrade* ($500,000)
Beach Road WA Bicycle Network shared path* ($275,000)
Chelsford Road resurfacing and rehabilitation works, drainage upgrade* ($263,000)
Refurbishment of Warwick Bowling Clubrooms and Greenwood Tennis Clubrooms ($132,360)
Fernlea Street resurfacing and rehabilitation works ($99,000)
Hawker Park irrigation renewals ($82,000)
Warwick Open Space secondary bore ($80,000)
Devon Court resurfacing and rehabilitation works ($31,000)

WOODVALE
Chichester Park clubrooms redevelopment and cabinet renewals ($164,000)
Duffy Terrace catchment improvements ($80,000)
Trappers Drive/Timberlane Drive roundabout pedestrian upgrades ($50,000)
McCubbin Park irrigation renewal ($35,000)
Woodvale Library surrounds cabinet renewal ($23,500)

* Includes grant funding.