Huge turnaround in 2019-20 financial result, and balanced budget for the coming year

Published on Tuesday, 1 September 2020 at 5:03:23 PM

Donnybrook Balingup Council adopted the 2020-21 Budget at the Ordinary Council Meeting held on Wednesday 26 August with a well-considered projected balanced year-end position for 30 June 2021.

In what has been an extraordinary year, Council responded to the likely impact of COVID19 pandemic on family incomes, showing empathy for ratepayers with a zero percent general rate increase for 2020-2021, highlighting that over the three years out to 30 June 2021 the annualised rate increases averaged only 2.6%.

Shire President Brian Piesse said “notwithstanding our well planned and delivered COVID pandemic response and recovery plans, rate payers should be pleased that through an in depth and all-embracing review of costs across the entire operation the earlier 2019-20 amended forecast of a $900k deficit had been dramatically reduced to a projected end of year deficit of only $29k.”

In recent times the Shire has leveraged State and Federal funding to the tune of $19m, for the biggest capital works and projects program on record, with key projects already underway including the Donnybrook Town Centre Revitalisation and Apple Fun Park Redevelopment.

“These projects will provide employment opportunities, growth for the local economy and promote the Shire as an attractive place to live, invest and visit, with a stated aim over time of attracting a new wave of younger families to address our ageing population demographic” said Cr Piesse.

The Donnybrook Town Centre Revitalisation is due for completion in early 2021 with the iconic Apple Fun Park Redevelopment due for completion later in the year.

“The Shire will continue to support the community in the form of grants to community groups, events, and recreational activities throughout the length and breadth of the Shire,” he said.

The complete 2020-21 Budget is available on the Shire website and details the Shire’s anticipated activities for the year.

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