The Shire of Dardanup this week adopted a four-year, $137 million Corporate Business Plan which forecasts planned spending over the next four years.
A number of current developments are set to continue as the fast-paced growth of the area continues.
The plan saw funding across a range of services and facilities including $946,000 to upgrade and expand the pathway network, $12.2 million for road renewals and upgrades and $8.7 million for road maintenance.
There was also a commitment of $1.8 million for upgrading parks, $13.8 million to maintain parks and reserves, $1 million for regional events and programs and $650,000 for community grants and funding assistance.
Council also adopted its 2016/17 Budget, committing to $46.6 million of spending, marked by a significant investment in community facilities and a major roads program.
Big ticket items for 2016/17 included the construction of the new Glen Huon Oval football and softball sport pavilions and a new playground, construction of the new Eaton Public Library together with office extensions at the Eaton Administration Centre and 25 rural and urban road projects totalling $4.7 million.
Council also committed $128,000 for stage two of the Eaton Foreshore upgrade and stage one of the new council depot facility on Martin Pelusey Road.
A number of dual use paths will be constructed and $157,000 has been allocated to community donations in 2016/17. Council will also continue to support numerous sporting and community service organisations through free or subsidised leases of its buildings and reserves.
Rates on the average home will increase by an average of $1.89 per week on the 6.5 per cent rates increase adopted by Council for 2016/17.
Council’s 2016/17 Budget includes road and building works, made possible by the grants council received from the federal and state governments.
Shire President Mick Bennett said council is excited about the new building projects being completed in this year’s budget after a number of years of planning and lobbying for funds.
“Grants that have been made available by the Federal and State governments for roads, buildings and playgrounds are greatly appreciated,” he said.
Mr Bennett said the four-year budget provides the community with certainty about the direction the shire is taking.
“The supporting integrated 10-year financial plan provides the community with knowledge of what is proposed for their area to 2026 and is reviewed annually,” he said.
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