Road investment a focus of Shire’s 2021/22 Budget

Published on Tuesday, 10 August 2021 at 9:30:51 AM

The Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale Council adopted its 2021-22 Budget at a Special Council Meeting on Wednesday, 28 July, 2021.

The Budget represents a 1.69 per cent increase in the Shire’s rate revenue.

Shire President Cr Michelle Rich said the Budget represented a balance of continuing to deliver important programs, projects and services for our growing community, while recognising the financial pressures experienced by households and businesses as we continue our recovery from COVID-19.

“The Council has worked hard to identify savings and efficiencies across the organisation, while ensuring we remain responsive to community needs and priorities,” Cr Rich said.

“We know that one of our community’s key priorities is improving the safety and standard of our local road network.

“To help address this priority, the Budget includes $3.65 million for 9 road upgrades as well as a record investment in our Road Reseal Program, with $1.05 million allocated to reseal 24 roads throughout the Shire.

“This year we are also undertaking planning and design works for $18 million in State Government funded upgrades for Kargotich, Orton and Soldiers roads, with construction scheduled for 2022/23.

Delivering on the Shire’s strategic vision of “city living offering a rural lifestyle with abundant opportunities for a diverse community”, the Budget also includes spending on community events and programs, parks and community facilities, environment and major projects while also planning for the future.

“Over the past 12 months the Shire has been extremely successful in receiving external funding for a range of projects, and this Budget will see some of these projects delivered with the planning and design commencing for others,” Cr Rich said.

“The delivery of the projects, programs and services in the 2021/22 Budget will allow the Shire to continue to grow a stronger and connected community, together.”

2021/22 Budget highlights

Community activation

✓ $140,000 for community events
✓ $50,000 for Youth Development programs and events
✓ Development of a Reconciliation Action Plan
✓ Progress the Jarrahdale Trails Town project

Parks and community facilities

✓ $4 million to maintain our local parks, ovals and gardens
✓ Undertake Detailed Design for Stage 1(a) of Keirnan Park Recreation and Sporting Precinct
✓ Upgrade Byford Hall to accommodate the Shire’s Library Service
✓ Investment to maintain and upgrade community and sporting facilities
✓ Improvements to drainage at Briggs Park upper oval


✓ 1.8 million for emergency services and fire prevention
✓ Establishment of a Tip Shop at Watkins Road Waste Transfer Station and Recycling Centre
✓ Delivery of trail upgrades to Marcora Trail, Kitty’s Gorge and Whitby Falls
✓ Upgrades to equine trail signage
✓ Feasibility Plan for Multipurpose Equine Facility

Investment in roads

✓ $3.65 million to upgrade the following 9 roads:

▪ $997,000 Nettleton Road upgrades
▪ $496,000 Rowley Road Rehabilitation
▪ $480,000 Keirnan Street upgrades
▪ $445,000 Anketell Road upgrades
▪ $422,000 Hopkinson Road rehabilitation
▪ $330,000 Mundijong Road upgrades
▪ $204,000 Karnup Road & Yangedi Road intersection upgrade
▪ $180,000 Thomas Rd & Anketell Rd intersection upgrade
▪ $145,000 Kingsbury Drive rehabilitation

✓ $1.05 million to reseal 24 roads throughout the Shire
✓ Undertake planning and design works for $18 million in upgrades for Kargotich, Orton and Soldiers roads

Planning for the future

✓ Master Planning for the Byford Town Centre community site
✓ Major Review of our Strategic Community Plan
✓ Purchase of new site at West Mundijong for new Depot and Pound Facility
✓ Commence planning for upgrades to Council Chambers & Administration Building

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