Infrastructure savings boosted by budget review

Nearly $2.5 million in savings found in Council’s November budget review will be held in reserve for upcoming major projects to be built by the City.

Litter picking and kerb and footpath repairs will also receive a boost through budget reallocations identified during the review.

In total over $3 million in savings have been identified as well as $410,000 of new external funding.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said Councillors had chosen to balance some pressing new projects with the need to save for upcoming major projects in their deliberations.

“A number of current issues will be addressed with the saved funds including works on the Euro Boulevard and Dampier Road roundabout at Baynton West to prevent further damage in this area,” Cr Long said.

“Wickham will benefit from improvements to the skate park, a shade sail over Saylor Park and permanent storage sheds for local sporting clubs,” he said.

“Most importantly we are transferring a significant sum into our new infrastructure reserve to help fund some of the major projects in coming years such as the Wickham Community Hub and Karratha Arts and Community Precinct.”

Council and its staff are conscious of the need to spend the community’s money appropriately and are constantly looking for ways to save money.

A renewed push to give local businesses a chance to access Council works, coupled with a reduction in business operating costs, has led to a better financial result than was initially projected.

The amendments to the budget will not affect Council’s bottom line, with a balanced budget position still forecast for the financial year.

Council reviews the City budget on a quarterly basis as part of its commitment to sound financial management.