Council Budget a focus on strong business, strong community

Wednesday, 26 June 2019 

Bunbury City Council on Tuesday adopted the 2019/20 Budget including a rate increase of 3 per cent. 

A total of $83.6 million has been allocated to the budget comprising $28.1 million in capital works, $53.2 million of operating expenditure and $2.3 million in debt reduction. 

The modest rate increase includes 1% for the upgrade and renewal for the City’s ageing infrastructure assets. 

Major projects for the coming 12 months will include the Youth Precinct design, construction of the new Splash Park and upgrades to Sykes Foreshore, Stirling Street Arts Centre expansion, improvements to Halifax and installation of a new electronic billboard at the entry to the City. 

The Budget for the first time also recognises workforce plan efficiencies gained through the use of technology and flexible staffing arrangements. These savings will be transferred into a new reserve to fund the development of strategic projects. 

From this new reserve $500,000 will be used for the design of the Youth Precinct. 

Due to the higher costs associated with recycling the City has had to increase its recycling charges which will see an average increase of $14 per 240-litre recycling bin for 2019/20. 

Mayor Gary Brennan said a strong focus on business was a feature of this budget which would lead to a stronger community. 

“We will be investing heavily in the CBD over the next year with the implementation of our CBD Action Plan as well as the promotion and marketing of Bunbury to visitors,” Mayor Brennan said. 

“Council has maintained a disciplined approach to developing this year’s budget based on key considerations and many competing demands – such as what the community can afford as a reasonable rate increase. 

Budget highlights include: 

  • Halifax Business Park Infrastructure Upgrade $3M
  • Stirling Street Arts Centre Redevelopment $2.7M
  • Construction of the Hay Park Central Pavilion $2.3M
  • Replacement of waste vehicles $2.3M
  • Sykes Foreshore Upgrade $1.3M
  • Renewal of foreshore marine walls – Leschenault Inlet and Marlston seawalls $1.1M
  • Realign and widen Koombana Drive East $1.1M
  • Improve the City’s landscaping, parks, gardens and entry statements $874K
  • Contribute towards the construction of a Splash Park $700K
  • Design of the new Youth Precinct $500K
  • Support Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre operations $426K
  • South West Sports Centre aquatic change room amenities $350K
  • Events Grants $254K
  • Replace playground equipment $225K
  • Refurbish City Facilities change rooms and public conveniences $181K
  • Upgrade of community buildings $100K