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Shire's Budget has been adopted

The Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale has formally adopted its 2017/2018 budget.

27 July 2017
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The Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale has formally adopted its 2017/2018 Budget following the Ordinary Council Meeting on 24 July.

Our residents provided us with their aspirations for the Shire, as well as their valued projects and services during the extensive community consultation we undertook with SJ Real Choices participatory budgeting and SJ2050 vision.

Shire President, Cr John Erren said the outcomes of the SJ Real Choices and SJ2050 have guided us with our budget planning for this year.

‘Our residents told us they wanted to focus on the roads they use to get to work and this year we’re investing $2.3m on routine road maintenance as well as $18.9m, with the assistance of grant funding, on new road and footpath construction, and upgrades including Abernethy Road and the Thomas Road design.’ Cr Erren said.

‘We’re also planning for our future and committing $1.26m towards projects to ensure communities are well planned and reflect community aspirations. This includes $552k for investigating and promoting Economic Development prospects within the Shire, which will increase local job opportunities and community prosperity.’

‘Environment continues to be important to our community and we will invest $1m to support Landcare SJ, our rural services, continue the free verge plant scheme and protect the biodiversity of the important areas of bush land within our Shire.’

Upgrades to our Facilities were one of our priorities and have included the construction of the Briggs Park Skate Park, Jarrahdale Static Water Supplies, upgrades to tennis courts and maintenance to various sporting facilities.

Total rate yield has increased by 2.37% and cost reductions have been achieved through operational savings, allowing a greater investment into our assets. The average residential rates increase is 1.89% or a $31 increase this year.

‘The Shire has worked hard to minimise rate increases to our residents while providing a balanced budget reflecting our community’s aspirations.’ Cr Erren said.

Key Projects

Buildings and Facilities

Construction of new buildings and facilities, and renewing existing ones

$1.5m

Routine maintenance of buildings and facilities

$1.2m

Parks and Gardens

Routine maintenance programs

$2.9m

New parks, gardens and reserves, and renewing our existing ones

$372,000

Infrastructure - Roads, Footpaths and Drainage

New road and footpath construction, and renewal programs

$18.9m including grant funding

Routine maintenance programs

$2.3m

Upgrading drainage

$360,000

Routine maintenance

$1m

Planning for our future

Projects that continue to ensure communities are well planned and reflect community aspirations - $1.26m which includes;

Youth Strategy

$55,000

Ageing Well Strategy

$50,000

Equine Strategy

$50,000

Sports and Recreation Strategy

$80,000

Economic Development

$552,769

Community Projects

Youth Services, YMCA

$266,290

Community Events

$265,000

Community Grants

$214,000

Protection of the Environment

Environment

$666,736

Landcare SJ

$200,000

Rural Services

$199,743

Read the complete Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale Annual Budget 2017/2018 by downloading the attachment below.