Council adopts Shire of Broome Budget for 2018/19

Released 9 July 2018
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In 2018/19 we’re continuing to implement Council’s vision for Broome to be a thriving and friendly community that recognises our history and embraces cultural diversity and economic opportunity, while nurturing our unique natural and built environment.

An important part of this is providing effective and responsible financial management, and as a Council we’re very aware of the cost pressures on our community and have sought to keep any increase in rates to a minimum, while still being proactive in stimulating our local economy and providing infrastructure and services of a high standard. 

With a general rates increase of 1.78 per cent, Council has achieved a balanced budget without any cuts to the services provided to ratepayers, and while there will be incremental increases to some fees and charges these are all in line with or less than CPI.

This continues a commitment from our current Council to keep increases in rates and other costs to our community to a minimum.

A push to keep improving efficiency at the Shire means we’ve been able to make operational savings over the previous year, and an emphasis on securing grant funding from external sources for major projects means we’re able to reduce the financial impact on our community.

In the coming year Council will undertake projects including the new BRAC 1 Youth Bike Precinct; Broome Recreation and Aquatic Centre upgrades to pool shade, skate park shade, field lighting, stadium fencing and stadium seating; Stage 2 of the Hunter St Reconstruction; new boat trailer parking and ablution blocks at Catalinas as part of the Town Beach Project; renewing a variety of parks, public open spaces, roads, carparks and footpaths; and fostering events, economic development and our tourism industry through grants and sponsorship.

This comes on the back of a 2017/18 year that posed some significant challenges for the Shire and our community with the recovery and restoration work that followed the extreme weather of Cyclones Hilda and Joyce and tropical lows.

Other significant achievements in the past year included projects such as the Hunter St Reconstruction Stage 1, Hamersley St - Napier Tce Upgrade, Cable Beach Master Plan, Crab Creek Rd upgrades and the inaugural Broome Reconciliation Festival.

As Shire President I’d like to express my thanks to the community for their support, and to my fellow Councillors and staff at the Shire of Broome for their work in the past year and in preparing the budget for 2018/19.

As a ratepayer, please take the time to read the information available to understand how and where your rates will be used and how they will contribute to making Broome a better place for all of us.

 

Cr Harold Tracey

Broome Shire President

 

Media Contact: Shire of Broome Administration, (08) 9191 3456
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