City of Mandurah to consider 2.5 per cent rate rise

A rate rise of 2.5 per cent is on the cards for Mandurah residents for the 2019-20 financial year.

A special council meeting will be held on Tuesday night (July 2) to adopt the rate increase for advertising.

Residents will then be encouraged to have their say during a 21-day community feedback period.

On July 30, the feedback will be considered at a council meeting and a vote on the final rate rise and annual budget adoption will be made.

Mayor Rhys Williams said the City is focusing on driving the economic wellbeing of Mandurah.

“There is no doubt that parts of our community are facing challenges – unemployment and underemployment is an ongoing issue and people generally have less money to spend in our local business, putting pressure on our retail sector,” Mayor Williams said.

“Sadly, Mandurah isn’t immune to the cyclical down-turn in our national economy."

Mayor Williams said the City is on track for a vibrant future.

“Our strategy includes creating a vibrant city centre with places to meet, play and rest, increase tourism and boost local jobs," he said.

“Building on Mandurah’s natural beauty, the City Centre Waterfront precinct is designed to reactivate the area to create an exciting space that will be a draw card for the local community and visitors, and hopefully enticing private investment into the City Centre.

“The City has also recently created an economic development alliance with our neighbours at the Shire of Murray to deliver a series of transformational projects that seek to address our long term unemployment challenges.

“These projects include attracting water-science and agri-business industries to the area, alongside the work being done out at Nambeelup Industrial Area and upgrades to the Murray Airfield.

“Our community’s contribution is vital in helping us to deliver all this, to ensure our community is buffered from difficult economic times in the short term and prospers into the future."

In the 2018-19 financial year, Mandurah saw a rate rise of 2.0 per cent and 1.9 per cent in 2017-18.

Rates notices will be issued mid to late August.

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