Draft Dardanup shire council budget lacks “big ticket” items

Stuart McGuckinSouth Western Times
Dardanup shire president Mick Bennett
Camera IconDardanup shire president Mick Bennett

Dardanup Shire Council has released a list of the significant projects earmarked to be included in next year’s budget once it is officially adopted at the end of the month.

Shire president Mick Bennett said spending had been scaled back a bit because there were no “big ticket” items to be considered.

“I think we’re still spending a whole lot of money ($7.27 million) on our roads which is what we have been doing for 15 years or so now,” he said.

“That sort of money or a little bit more has been spent on roads to bring them up to scratch.

“We’ll soon be at a point where we are going back to start again on some of the ones that now might have broken up.”

He said the $426,107 set aside for the Waterloo Bushfire Brigade to build a new shed was a fantastic inclusion because it was overdue for an upgrade.

“Between the guys at Waterloo, council staff and Department of Fire and Emergency Services, there has been a bit of time put into that,” he said.

“The money is coming from the DFES for that.”

The redesign of Eaton Bowling Club, Gnomesville master plan, lighting upgrades for Millbridge-Millars Creek and upgrading the Eaton foreshore boat ramp and jetty have all had money allocated.

Cr Bennett said an upgrade to toilet facilities at Wellington Mill was “badly needed” while $75,000 was allocated to creating a new fitness trail along Millars Creek.

“That takes in some beautiful foreshore on the river’s estate, it will be fantastic once we get onto that,” he said.

“Really there is quite a bit in there for everybody.

“It’s not always the big ticket items which have an impact at a grassroots level but the multiple small investments we make in all corners of our community creating a valuable ripple effect throughout.”

A 4 per cent rate increase, equating to an extra $1.25 a week per household, is also set to be confirmed as part of the budget.

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