Busselton budget focuses on the fundamentals

Published on Wednesday, 2 August 2023 at 10:29:57 AM

Fixing roads, drainage and improving recreation and reserves are key features of the City of Busselton’s 2023-24 budget.

Busselton Mayor Grant Henley said the budget, adopted by Council last week, provides for $160 million of operational and capital investment to support services, facilities and projects important to our key strategic themes - natural environment, lifestyle, and the creation of opportunities across the City.

“This is a practical budget that focuses on planning for the future and delivering on commitments that help make our city more liveable and will help attract new residents.”

Revenue to support the budget has been raised through a lower than inflation rate increase of 3.9 %. Despite cost increases putting pressure on Council finances, we have strived however to keep rates below inflation.

The budget includes $47 million for maintenance and construction of rural and urban road networks, bridges, footpaths cycle-ways, road drainage, street lighting and also the operation of the airport.

Capital projects to the value of $11.1 million will be invested in roads and drainage, including a $2 million upgrade to Bussell Highway and major upgrades Jalbarragup Road, Payne Road, North Jindong Road and Commonage Road. $1.8 million is reserved for footpath improvements including widening and realigning of the shared coastal path between Forth Street and Holgate Reserve.

Parks and Recreations receive $39 million, supporting leisure and community centres, libraries, playgrounds, maintenance of parks, jetties, boat ramps and other recreational facilities.

“Capital investment of $7.3 million will include continuation of Dunsborough Lakes Sporting Precinct Stage 1, upgrade of the Churchill Park oval, and the development of a memorial at Rotary Park and the installation of new shade sails to improve playgrounds.

“As one of the fastest growing regional local governments, we have a responsibility to deliver value for money for our ratepayers, while also investing in the future of our facilities and infrastructure.” Mayor Henley said.

Other budget highlights: 

  • $9 million for management of refuse and recycling collection 
  • $5.2 million for Coastal adaptation and protection including groynes and seawalls
  • $4.4 million in the development, promotion, support of events tourism area promotion 
  • $1.4 million to support children, youth, seniors and disadvantaged members of the community 

Ends. Media enquiries can be directed to pr@busselton.wa.gov.au

Objectives outlined in this statement are aligned with the City of Busselton’s Strategic Community Plan (2021 - 2031) Key Themes Leadership: A Council that connects with the community and is accountable in its decision making.

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