2020/21 annual budget invests in Hedland's future

Published: Thursday, 25 June 2020 at 1:06:06 PM

A capital works program worth $76.3 million and a freeze on rates and Council fees and charges in 2020/21 have been adopted by Council, laying the groundwork for significant investments in Hedland’s future.

Key projects include $11.8 million for road, kerbing and footpath renewal, $7.9 million for JD Hardie HVAC, roof and internal refurbishments, $4.25 million for JD Hardie multipurpose courts, earthworks, drainage and car park works.

Other investments include $8.7 million for the Town Depot masterplan, $3.7 million for a recycling transfer station, $2.8 million for the Finucane Island boat ramp upgrade, $1.5 million for a South Hedland skate park shade structure, $480,000 for the rollout of kerbside recycling bins and $200,000 for the detailed design of the Pretty Pool footbridge and pathway network.

In line with the State Government directive, there will be no increase to the rate in the dollar from 2019/20, and a freeze on increases to fees and charges.

Ensuring consistent service levels, prioritising significant capital works projects and progressing the delivery of the masterplans are critical objectives of the 2020/21 annual budget.

Hon. Commissioner Fred Riebeling AM JP welcomed the adoption of the budget and schedule of fees and charges and the endorsement of the statement of rating objects and reasons.

“The 2020/21 annual budget drives the delivery of the masterplans and allocates $76.3 million for investment in infrastructure, buildings and plant and equipment.

“The budget is constrained and targets funding to where it’s needed most, recognising the core role infrastructure and road connectivity plays in building a liveable town.

“I’m pleased significant investments are being made to secure a strong foundation for the masterplans’ construction, including $5.5 million for South Hedland precinct drainage and earthworks.

“COVID-19 restrictions became a factor in the preparation of the 2020/21 financials. We have endeavoured to identify operational savings and delivered on our commitment not to increase fees and charges, recognising the economic hardship community organisations are going through at present.

“The Town has acted in line with the State Government directive not to increase rates, easing the strain on property owners’ budgets.

“I encourage community members to peruse the budget to see the exciting projects coming up.”

Click here to access the 2020/21 annual budget document. 

For media information:
Laura Hawes
Manager Corporate Affairs
(08) 9158 9365 | lhawes@porthedland.wa.gov.au

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