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RATE RISES REMAIN LOW IN CHITTERING

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The Shire of Chittering adopted a 2% rise for rates at a Special Budget Meeting held on Tuesday 18 July 2017.  This follows a 1.5% rate increase in 2016-2017 and a 0% rate increase in 2015-2016, equating to an average of 1.17% per annum over the three years.  This is one of the lowest average rate rises in the State, demonstrating Council’s commitment to easing the burden on families given the tough economic times.

For an ‘average’ household, the 2% rate rise will mean an additional $43 per year, which works out to approximately 80 cents per week*.  Your Council rates contribute to the cost of delivering services and facilities to your community, whilst providing for a sustainable financial future and economic growth within the Shire.

Looking forward Council is continuing to invest in infrastructure for the benefit of the local community with a renewed focus on areas such as tourism and economic development, which feature strongly in Council’s Strategic Community Plan.  During the 2017-2018 financial year some of the major projects for the Shire include:

  • Planned improvements to community facilities, including, Sandown Park (ablution and change facilities), Muchea Hall (pavilion addition, court resurfacing, fencing and air-conditioning), Lower Chittering Hall (air-conditioning) and Chinkabee Complex (court resurfacing).
  • Scheduled upgrades for Council owned housing (senior, community and staff) including guttering, roofing, external painting and replacement of some stoves and air conditioners.
  • With regard to ‘law, order and public safety’ works will be undertaken on the CCTV network throughout the Shire as well as automated monitoring of remote emergency water tanks.Bindoon will receive an LED fire danger indicator / community notice board and there will be a comprehensive community resilience awareness campaign.
  • Creation of a single reception area within the Shire Administration building to provide for improved customer service, better utilisation of staff resources and improved record storage arrangements.This enhancement will include a long overdue upgrade to the IT system.
  • Area promotion, through support of the Chittering Visitor Centre and continued works as identified in the Chittering Trails Network Master Plan including Stage 1 of an upgrade for the Black Boy Ridge walking trail and carpark.
  • New equipment and an additional staff member to support improved roadside vegetation and verge mowing operations.
  • Economic investment and job creation will be a high priority including planning support for a number of privately funded developments and a project which is aimed at investment attraction and job creation in the Muchea Employment Node.
  • Enactment of Council’s Ten-Year Roads Program, including (but not limited to);
    • Blizzard Rd – culvert installation to replace bridge (Mooliabeenee)
    • Blue Plains / Maddern Roads– intersection upgrade (Upper Chittering)
    • Carl Street – upgrade including provision for car parking (Muchea)
    • Chittering Road – reconstruction works (Lower Chittering)
    • Flat Rocks Rd – design of a bridge replacement (Bindoon)
    • Forest Hills Parade – footpath (Bindoon)
    • Hart Drive – shoulder upgrade and reseal (Upper Chittering)
    • Muchea East / Wandena Roads – intersection upgrade (Muchea)
    • Muchea East Road – reconstruction works (Lower Chittering)
    • Ridgetop Ramble – shoulder upgrade and reseal (Bindoon)
    • Spillman Rd – gravel re-sheeting (Mooliabeenee)
  • Funding for community activities, including:
    • Community Assistance Grants and Sponsorships for local community groups
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    • Major Events (Wear Ya Wellies, Taste of Chittering, support for the Bindoon Show, Volunteer Day/Week Promotions)
    • Youth Services (Youth Development Program, School Holiday Activities, Youth Sponsorship and YouthChaplaincy)

The 2017-2018 financial year will be an exciting time for the Shire with a number of major road projects set to change the way in which Chittering is connected to the Perth Metropolitan area.  In particular, the Northlink highway project is about to commence and will be complete by the middle of 2019.  Once finished, this link will provide a four-lane freeway-standard road between Muchea and Morley (where it will link with the existing Tonkin Highway).  The commute from Muchea to Morley will be cut to 20 minutes, meaning Muchea to Ellenbrook could be achieved in 10.  At the same time, the Great Northern Highway will be upgraded via a highway-standard road, on a parallel alignment to the existing highway, from Muchea to the Chittering Roadhouse.  These projects will have a positive impact on how residents travel to and from the metropolitan area, and how visitors access the Chittering region.

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For further information please contact Alan Sheridan, Chief Executive Officer, phone 9576 4600 or email chatter@chittering.wa.gov.au.  This media statement has no regulatory value.

*The estimate of a $43 increase per household was calculated using the average over all rateable properties within the Shire, the actual amount paid will be dependent on the valuation of the land and the improvements made to the individual property.

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