The 2019/20 budget was approved by Council last week, with major investment in CBD renewal while managing to keep rate rises low.
Total budget expenditure is $130.1 million, including $56.6 million in capital expenditure and a small cash surplus of $30,000.
The 1.8 per cent rate increase is the second lowest rate increase since 2000 and aligns with the Local Government Cost Index prepared by the WA Local Government Association, which takes into account CPI and more specific costs like electricity and street lighting, which have gone up by 5.8 per cent in the past year.
The budget includes the following projects in City Ward:
- $210,000 for the Ord Street upgrade – which includes road resurfacing plus safety improvements for cyclists and pedestrians between High St and Knutsford St
- $350,000 for a new public car park at Fremantle Park on Parry Street
- $40m on the construction of the new civic building in Kings Square
- $2m for improvements to the public realm in Newman Court
- $440,000 for the Kings Square upgrade to the public realm, including public art, new trees and the children’s play space
- $150,000 for an adult change facility in Kings Square, which will allow people with a disability to stay longer in Fremantle
- $45,000 for improvements to Westgate Mall
- $230,000 for upgrades to the Fremantle Markets
- $126,000 for Leisure Centre upgrades
- $80,000 for upgrades to the Arts Centre
- $305,000 to resurface Parry Street
- $375,000 for improvements to South Tce
- $48,000 for lighting improvements to Arthurs Head
The City will deliver the same great services with efficiency improvements.
Full details of the City of Fremantle’s 2019-20 budget are available on the City’s website.