Nearly $1.5m of savings to flow back into the community after budget review

Nearly $1.5 million in savings identified in Council’s November budget review will be re-allocated to enhance liveability across the City of Karratha.

Council’s budget was reviewed in October and $1.49 million in savings will be redirected to fund new projects and extend current programs and services.

Community safety initiatives will receive a significant boost, with the City’s solar walkway lighting program extended and security screens installed at the Frank Butler Community Centre.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said a subsidy scheme for residents to claim rebates on private sensor lighting and closed-circuit television cameras would also be established.

“Community safety is a priority for the City and we continue to investigate ways to work with police to prevent crime and anti-social behavior,” Cr Long said.

Community projects and events will also benefit from the surplus funds.

“The Dampier community will benefit from a vibrant new artwork at the skate park and Council will undertake a detailed design for the Hampton Harbour Marina,” Cr Long said.

“The first stage of the Karratha Revitalisation Strategy will be implemented, the Nickol Bay Bushfire Brigade will benefit from funding towards a new shed, and Council has set aside funds to celebrate Karratha’s 50th birthday in 2019.”

The City’s kerb and footpath maintenance program will be extended and carpark works completed at the Karratha Leisureplex.

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

Council’s budget is reviewed twice each year as part of its ongoing commitment to financial management.