Council's vision for the year ahead

Released 3 July 2017
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An exciting schedule of projects is getting underway after the Broome Shire Council adopted its budget for 2017/18 at the 29 June Ordinary Meeting. 

Broome Shire President, Ron Johnston, says Council’s vision for the year ahead will feature a range of transformative projects including work getting underway on implementing the Town Beach Precinct Master Plan ($6.9M), Chinatown Revitalisation Project ($10.9M), BRAC 1 Youth Bike Precinct ($159K), and a range of road, footpath, drainage, car parking and lighting upgrades ($2.9M).

The budget will be funded by income from a range of sources including grants from State and Federal Governments, fees and charges, and Shire rates.

The general increase in rates over the previous year has been held to 1.75 per cent - the lowest rate rise in more than 10 years – with rates funding 58 per cent of the Shire’s operations in 2017/18.      

The modest rates rise was achieved through improvements in operating efficiency, savings in insurance, increased interest on deposits, leveraging additional government grants and repaying a number of loans in the previous year.

Changes to organisational staffing and structure have contributed to keeping salary and wage increases to just 0.37 per cent and saving more than $100,000.

Rates notices will be issued to property owners on 19 July with a due date for payment of 23 August 2017, and ratepayers offered the option of paying in full, or in two or four instalments.

Ratepayers also have the option of receiving rates correspondence via email and should contact before 7 July.

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