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From the Desk of the CEO 31 July 2012

Created on: Tuesday, 31 July 2012 at 12:39:28 PM

Shire of Irwin Budget 2012-2013

During this year the Shire of Irwin has embarked on a pathway towards a more strategic direction, to meet the community’s needs and to plan for the future development of services and infrastructure in the Shire. Through the Shire of Irwin Community Survey, Council has already provided greater opportunity for the community to provide their views and, using this information; the Shire of Irwin Draft Strategic Plan is being prepared and will be released to the public early in the new financial year. Once adopted the Strategic Community Plan will be used to form the basis of a Corporate Business Plan, Asset Management Plan and Long Term Financial Plan and from these documents future budgets will also be formulated. 

In this budget Council will focus on continuing its investment in service delivery, infrastructure and community amenity as part of an operational and capital works program in line with its Vision to provide a “motivated, progressive and friendly community offering a brilliant blend of opportunity, natural beauty and heritage, with an enviable lifestyle”.

Your Council has been able to keep this year’s increase in rates to a minimal 5% of the July 2011 rating levels whilst increasing the mining sector rates by a greater amount. This will cover general wage and material cost increases incurred as well as carbon tax imposts and increases in utilities. It will also enable the Shire to ensure that current services and facilities are well maintained and an opportunity to transfer additional funds into Reserve for future projects identified through the Community Strategic Plan.

 This budget places strong emphasis on community-based services, planning, building and health services, road and footpath construction and maintenance as well as many other initiatives aimed at meeting community needs and expectation.

 Following completion last year of the new Administration Centre approximately $800,000 of Royalties for Regions funding will be directed to stage 2 of the Shire Administration Centre upgrade being the existing Council Chambers and Shire offices. Additional Royalties for Regions funding will be expended on continuing the seawall construction at Grannies Beach and completing Henry Street in Port Denison as part of an “Ageing in Place” development which is planned to incorporate a number of independent living units and ‘high care’ aged care facility.

 Other highlights of this year’s capital works budget include:

  • Funding to fit out the recently completed Fire Station at Irwin town site
  • Provision of a pathway and stairs at South Beach to protect the sand dune
  • New cricket pitches at the town oval
  • Replacement of the existing footpath along Point Leander Drive with an asphalt seal
  • Improvements to the Library/Visitor Centre and replacement of carpet
  • Purchase of a new road sweeper
  • Funding to prepare plans for improvements to the foreshore and a tourism strategy.
  • Installation of a permanent mooring at Grannies Beach
  • Purchase of an electronic community information sign
  • Continue the programme to seal Tabletop Road
  • Continued shoulder re-conditioning of Allanooka Springs Road
  • Slurry seals to a number of town streets where required

 The elected members and staff of the Shire of Irwin are focussed on meeting the Shire’s Vision and invite community members to contact any of your Shire Councillors or senior staff for further details on the Budget or to discuss any other Council matter.

National Karate Championships

On behalf of Council I would like to congratulate Britney and Brooke Henderson on their selection to represent Western Australia at the National Karate Championships in Melbourne from 1 August until 6 August. Council has assisted financially towards the travel expenses for Britney and Brooke in accordance with its policy of assisting residents chosen to represent the State and wishes them every success at the competition.

Designated Public Car Parks

Could the public please park their cars in the designated public car park, as the postal delivery truck is having difficulty accessing the back lane behind the post office after hours?

 

Darren Simmons

Darren Simmons
Chief Executive Officer

 31 July  2012

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