Council endorse Annual Budget 2017/2018

Media Release 13 July 2017

The City of South Perth has formally adopted its 2017/2018 Budget, following a Special Council Meeting held on Monday 10 July 2017. 

The Budget focuses on delivering tangible benefits to the community through the provision of services, as well as City infrastructure, community buildings and parklands. With an allocated capital expenditure of $19.6million, this is a fair budget which will bring some great initiatives and programmes to compliment the work already commenced over the last few years.

City of South Perth Mayor Sue Doherty commended the Annual Budget, which will guide Council’s financial position for the next twelve months.

“The 2017/2018 Annual Budget is the result of a sustainable approach to financial management that will allow us to deliver on the themes identified through our community visioning and strategic planning process, reflecting the priorities and aspirations of the community.  It ensures accountability for the use of our financial resources as well as delivering maximum community benefit from each dollar spent,” Mayor Doherty said.

Increases in rates over the last 20 years have been largely driven by increases in property valuations and Gross Rental Values (GRV). The rate increase for an average property in the City of South Perth for 2017/2018 is 3%.

Standard domestic rubbish service charges will increase from $272 to $280, which is one of the lowest of all metropolitan local governments. The charge includes weekly rubbish pick up, fortnightly recycling collection, and two green waste and one hard waste kerbside collections a year.

“Economically we face a test. The State Government is implementing tough measures to repair the state’s finances and this only adds to the pressure faced by those who live and work in the City of South Perth,” Mayor Doherty said.

“The City’s 2017/2018 Annual Budget provides funding for responsible governance, an extensive range of community services and capital initiatives that maintain and improve the City’s infrastructure, community buildings and parklands.

“Projects include the Ernest Johnson Reserve redevelopment, the Connect South project which aims to enhance and invigorate the Mends Street precinct and foreshore area and the South Perth Peninsula Activity Centre Plan. This is just a small taste of what the budget will deliver.” 

Key Projects in the 2017/2018 Budget include:

Major projects

  • $8.885million - Ernest Johnson Reserve redevelopment which will produce a contemporary, functional and sustainable multi-purpose facility for sports clubs, community groups, the local community.
  • $864,520 - Connect South stage one; Mends Street, the Piazza and the Esplanade. The project aims to enhance and invigorate the Mends Street precinct and foreshore.
  • $350,000 - Implementation of recommendations from the South Perth Station Precinct Place + Design Report, central to which is the preparation of an Activity Centre Plan for the Precinct and immediate surrounding area.

Community and Sporting Facilities

  • $120,000 - Manning Senior Citizens Centre replacement of roof
  • $155,000 - Manning Tennis Club extensions
  • $50,000 - George Burnett Leisure Centre Precinct Masterplan


  • $120,000 and $21,000 respectively - Salter Point and Waterford masterplan and lagoon study
  • $240,000 - Street Tree Planting, including the removal and replacement of post-mature trees


  • $450,000 - Footpaths maintenance, replacement and infill
  • $1.75million - Roads resurfacing and rehabilitation
  • $800,000 - Drainage improvements
  • $600,000 - Parks upgrades

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