Council endorsed the City’s 2020-21 budget this month. This budget balances a robust response to the pandemic and a commitment to deliver more than 100 community and infrastructure projects this coming year.
The budget reflects Council’s commitment to provide substantial and ongoing support to ratepayers, business and community groups during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic and during the recovery phase.
The City introduced $3m COVID-19 support packages back in March, which were boosted by a second tranche of targeted initiatives valued at $1.3m this month. This bringing Council’s total commitment to $4.3m, with Rio Tinto contributing $1m.
Despite revenue streams declining due to the pandemic and operating expenses increasing, we have worked hard to deliver a budget that will fund more than 100 projects while freezing rates for ratepayers. This has been achievable because of the City’s responsible economic management and strong financial position.
We have carried over many projects from last year’s budget that were impacted by the pandemic. With 107 projects valued at more than $40m on the horizon, it will be industrious year.
Highlights include reconstructing Bayly Avenue, redeveloping Wickham Aquatic Centre, Kevin Richards Memorial Oval and Andover Park, upgrade the airport baggage system, Roebourne Heritage Precinct conservation works, replacing Johns Creek Jetty, designing the Point Samson fishing jetty, and implementing the third year of our Karratha is Calling place branding campaign.
This is in addition to our annual programs, such as maintaining a growing number of sport and recreational facilities, delivering youth, community and waste services and providing an ever growing array of arts and cultural experiences and events.
We’re looking forward to progressing our vision to become Australia’s most liveable regional city and making our city an ever greater place to live, work and invest.
The full budget is available at https://karratha.wa.gov.au/budget