It has been a busy few years for the Shire of Capel and 2017/18 is shaping up to be no different. Some key projects have been delivered and Council are looking forward to yet another year of growth. As the Shire continues to change and evolve, Council has given careful consideration to the various projects which have been included in the budget for the 2017/18 financial year with the aim of delivering the very best outcome to the Shire’s ratepayers and residents. Through the budget process, Council has again prepared a balanced budget with all operating and capital expenditure being funded from revenue sources including grants, fees, loans and property rates. To achieve this result it has been necessary to generate an overall rates yield of 7.2%.
The 2017/18 budget process has seen the continued implementation of Council’s Strategic Community Plan and Corporate Business Plan. These documents form the “Plan for the Future” of the Shire of Capel and are part of the Integrated Planning Framework adopted by the whole local government sector in Western Australia in 2013/14. These documents, along with the related financial planning documents, have formed the basis for new projects in the budget and those projects which maintain and preserve existing facilities and services.
In 2016/17, the Shire of Capel has undertaken a new round of community consultation which will feed into the future Integrated Planning Framework and overarching financial planning. Residents of the Shire were invited, with many attending, various community forums around the Shire to provide input and feedback on Shire services and community aspirations. The revised Strategic Community Plan generated from this process will influence the future Corporate Business Plan, Integrated Planning Framework and long term financial planning. This consultation and long term planning is key to achieving the best use of Shire resources across the whole community. In recent years, the Shire has experienced strong population growth with residential growth estimated at 2.37% for the coming year with further residential subdivision development in Dalyellup partly driving this growth. The level of subdivision development in other residential and semi-rural areas of the Shire also provides positive growth indicators for the future.
Continued growth and land development within the Shire, places increasing demands on the services and facilities of Council. In 2016/17, Council revised and endorsed its Long Term Financial Plan which outlined those projects proposed to be delivered within the next ten years. Following on from this year’s community consultation, the updated Strategic Community Plan will be finalised in the 2017/18 financial year. This will provide renewed direction to Council and will result in additional planning and consultation by staff tailoring resources to community needs and aspirations. This will involve all aspects of Council’s operations from health, town planning, and engineering and community services through to long term financial planning, asset management, governance and compliance. The level of growth and change within the Shire has required on-going assessment of staffing resources in order to meet both legislative and community expectations in addition to state departmental guidelines.
- The first tranche of the construction of Stages 3, 3A & 4 of the Capel Civic Precinct works. The budgeted cost of this portion of the overall project is $1.36 million with approximately $0.70 million proposed to be funded via external grants and the balance from Council funds and Reserves;
- Some remedial works, costing $40,000, on the Capel Recreation Ground in preparation for future training ground and fencing renewal.
- $89,000 has been allocated to fund trails within the Shire.
- Phase 1 of the project to upgrade and improve the Boyanup Sports Buildings and Precinct. The budgeted cost for this portion on the project is $250,000.
- $43,492 is budgeted to continue with the on-going program of playground shade sails installation.
- $45,000 has been set aside in the 2017/18 budget to carry out concept design work for a skate park in Dalyellup.
- $70,443 for the continued capital investment in Information Technology in 2017/18.
- $596,777 allocated for replacement of plant, machinery and vehicles.
- Funding for on-going programs with $36,575 allocated for the playground replacement program, $26,000 for signage, seats and shelters for the Shire and $30,000 for Shire entry statements.
- Over $4.54 million in capital works on roads, drainage and paths as well as over $2.39 million in maintenance;
- maintenance of parks, gardens, recreation grounds and community buildings is expected to cost almost $1.922 million; and
- Collection, processing, transportation and disposal of waste and recyclable items are expected to cost over $2.08 million.In addition to these services, the Shire continues to provide some “non-core” services to ensure the health and well-being of the community such as mosquito monitoring and treatment, bush fire control, services for youth such as Inzone, three public libraries, support for community festivals and events as well as grants to community groups and others. The list is extensive and contributes to the overall diversity of the Shire of Capel.
I, therefore, commend the 2017/18 Budget to you and look forward to the programs, facilities and services detailed within it being delivered to all ratepayers and residents of the Shire of Capel.