2019 Budget Focused on Capital Works

30 July 2019 1:30 PM

The City of Kalamunda’s Annual Budget enables the City to deliver core services to our residents as well as planning for the future and improving key infrastructure including roads and community facilities.

The development of the Annual Budget involved comprehensive review of the City’s services, facilities, economic conditions and community expectations.  In setting the budget, the City utilised benchmarking against other local governments and based its budget around financial sustainability.

In setting the Budget, the City reviewed a number of economic indicators, in particular, the Local Government Cost Index (LGCI), CPI forecast Inflation Rates, interest rates and unemployment levels.  The primary guide in developing the Budget was the LGCI which was reported at 1.8% for the 2019/2020 year.  As a comparison the forecast CPI rate for 2019/2020 was 1.75% according to WA Treasury. The LGCI index includes Road and bridge construction; Non-residential building costs; Machinery and equipment; and Electricity and street lighting.

Mayor John Giardina said, “The current economic climate is challenging and despite delivering a record Capital Works program of approximately $30 Million, we managed to keep rate increases to 1.8%.  In terms of the Capital Works program the City is investing $16.2 Million in infrastructure assets, $9.7 Million in Community Assets and $4.1 Million in Plant, Equipment and Furniture.”

“Looking beyond the current year, the City is sharpening its focus on our future.  With a growing population and increasing community expectations, the City is positioning itself so it can provide the facilities and infrastructure required to support a growing community.”

“Innovation and improving efficiency remain core elements of the City’s financial strategy.  Your City will continue to strive for improved efficiency in business processes and  services delivered to the community. Building on highly innovative projects such as the Managed Aquifer Recharge Project which will save the City in excess of $300K per year. The City will continue to find new and creative ways to service our community.”

“Over the past few years the City has been working on improving it’s financial sustainability.  To this end, each local government entity is assigned a financial health index (FHI) score as determined by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, which is based on a series of financial ratios calculated on the entity’s externally audited financial statements.  The FHI is a score between 0 and 100, with a score above 70 indicating a sound financial health. The City of Kalamunda has steadily improved its FHI from a low of 63 in 2012/2013 to more than 80 over the period of the long-term financial plan.”

Key projects to be delivered include:

  • Mundaring Weir Road Widening and Sealing of Shoulders : $1.8m
  • Kalamunda Road Drainage Improvements and Road Resurfacing: ;$1.0m
  • Patterson Road Widening: $0.5m
  • Hale Road Medians & Footpaths Welshpool Road to Tonkin Highway : $1.0m
  • Maida Vale Road Roe Highway Off Ramp Roundabout: $0.4m
  • Hale Road – Woolworths Drive – Hanover Street Roundabouts: $1.0m
  • New Roads Forrestfield Industrial Area: $1.5m
  • Improvements to Drainage Systems in City: $0.7m
  • Haynes Street Streetscape Enhancement: $0.6m
  • Streetscape Enhancements Master Plans and Street Trees: $0.3m
  • New Cycle Paths in Wattle Grove and High Wycombe: $0.6m
  • Kalamunda Community Centre Commencement of Construction: $5.5m
  • Various Community Buildings Facilities Improvements: $1.5m
  • Ray Owen Reserve & Facilities: $0.2m
  • Woodlupine Brook Open Space Improvements: $0.1m
  • Woodlupine Brook Living Stream Stage 3: $0.1m
  • Stirk Park Master Plan Implementation: Stage 1: $0.2m
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