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Bunbury focuses on community

FUNDING of community services, facilities and projects, roads, dual use paths and drainage have received high priority in the City of Bunbury’s $28 million budget for 1999/2000.

Rate revenue increases will be maintained at 4 per cent.

Mayor John Castrilli said the major capital expenditure was in line with the city’s principal activities plan, which projects key programs and financial objectives five years ahead with reviews each year.

“Feedback from the community tells us roads, dual use paths and drainage are important and therefore our commitment to those areas continues to be strong,” Mr Castrilli said.

“I believe we have been able to achieve a balance between our current and future needs while keeping rate increases to a minimum.”

Mr Castrilli said considerable expenditure on road enhancement and reconstruction over the past two financial years was reducing a substantial backlog of roadworks. $3 million had been allocated in 1999/2000.

“Roads are a major community asset and a vital part of the city’s social and economic well being,” Mr Castrilli said.

“The network must be maintained at a high standard or upgraded if necessary.”

He said the city’s road resealing program, which was designed for the prevention of potholes, had been well received by residents.

Funding of $928,000 will go to “community services, facilities and projects that enhance the city’s lifestyle and make a contribution to its social and cultural fabric”.

The Bunbury Council has reduced loan repayments from $1.9 million in 1992-1993 to $1.13 million this year.

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