The City of Belmont’s
minimal rate rise of 1.5 per cent is anticipated to be among the lowest in the State.
The City of Belmont’s
2018-2019 Budget was endorsed by Council at its Ordinary Council Meeting on
Tuesday, 26 June.
The Budget maintains
the City’s commitment to the local community together with responsible planning
for the future while delivering major community projects.
“The City continues to
focus and maintain its commitment to low rate increases with only a 1.47 per cent
increase in rate yield,” City of Belmont Mayor Cr Phil Marks said.
“This is in line with
the Consumer Price Index for Perth which is forecasted to be 1.50 per cent
during 2018-2019 and the Western Australian Local Government Association Local
Government Cost Index (LGCI) is forecasted to be 1.80 per cent during
“The average annual
rates for residents will increase from approximately $1,342 to $1,372 -
including rubbish charges, but excluding the State Government imposed Emergency
Services Levy (ESL). This represents an increase of only 2.2 per cent on the
“This year rubbish
charges will increase by 5.0 per cent due to State Government and other
external cost increases,” Mayor Marks said.
“This is a
responsible Budget with targeted outcomes that will deliver real benefits to
our community,” Mayor Marks said.
“This wide-ranging Budget includes the continued
provision of three Community Watch patrol vehicles ($1,339,297), BUSlink
shuttle service ($53,853), financial support for a local domestic violence support
officer ($141,320), assistance for organisations such as Nyoongar Outreach
($25,000), YouthCARE ($15,000), RSL ($5000), Befriend ($6000) and Belmont Men’s
Shed ($55,000) – and this is only a small snapshot of what the City of Belmont
provides,” Mayor Marks said.
“The City has maintained our commitment to the
community to provide and expand our excellent, cost effective services and
facilities such as the new Community Centre.”
Approximately $43 million
has been budgeted for capital works in the areas of buildings, parks,
environment, streetscapes, roads, footpaths and drainage.
“We have continued to
enhance our activities in the area of Community Events, Community Development,
Community Wellbeing and remain focused on areas such as parks and reserves,
road maintenance, the natural environment and community facilities as well as
crime prevention, safety and security,” Mayor Marks said.
“The 2018-2019 Budget
also continues to focus on providing a broad range of events for our community.
We focus on areas our community tells us are important to them and our Budget
demonstrates that we remain responsive to their views,” he said.
The 2018-2019 Budget also
- Faulkner Civic Precinct Community Centre:
$28,361,716 million towards the construction of the new multi-purpose community
centre which includes $9,675,081 Federal Government and $3,837,557
Lotterywest grant funding;
- Belmont Business Park Enhancements: $6,567,418
installation of underground power, street lighting Belmont Avenue and additional
- Alexander Road: $860,194 road rehabilitation from
Hutchison Street to Kooyong Road;
- Crime Prevention and CCTV: $795,465;
- Parks: $751,345 Replacement of playground
equipment and soft fall plus facility
- Surrey Road Bike Boulevard: $496,625
for Stages 2 and 3;
- Foster Park: $280,000 for upgrade;
- Community Contribution Fund: $80,000;
- Ascot Racecourse: $40,000 foreshore erosion works
including $18,842 Riverbank funding.
“The budget process
is a demanding task and I wish to recognise the efforts of, and extend my
thanks to, my fellow Councillors and all the staff who have contributed to the
process,” Mayor Marks said.
“I feel sure that the
2018-2019 Budget will support Council’s vision for Belmont – the City of
Opportunity,” he said.
receive more information on the 2018-2019 Budget with their rate notices.