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Rates rise 4 per cent in 2000-01

COUNCIL rates will rise an average of 3.84 per cent for the 2000-01 year.

Commercial, hotels, residential, retail and industrial rates have all risen 3.5 per cent. Office building rates are up 4 per cent while rates on vacant land have risen 8.1 per cent.

Council will spend $35.9 million on capital expenditure within the Perth City Council area in 2000-01.

This includes spending $2.6 million on the restoration of the Perth Town Hall and $1.9 million on the first stage of the river foreshore irrigation system.

Other key budget items include:

l $414,000 for six extra security and surveillance staff and additions to council’s closed circuit TV security system;

l $200,000 to create a detailed design of a performance facility on the Esplanade as well as other aspects of the Esplanade Reserve master plan;

l $220,000 for the design stage of the development of Point Fraser;

l $550,000 for the enhancement of Mounts Bay Road;

l $550,000 to replace paving in Hay Street Mall;

l Major upgrades of four council car parks;

l $8 million for a car park to be built in the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre; and

l Extensive greening projects for several of council’s parks.

The security upgrades are in response to a recent council study of community and cultural needs.

There are 90 CCTV cameras positioned around the council area.Council is spending $6 million this year to complete renovations on His Majesty’s Theatre car park.

Another $1 million will be spent to finish the redevelopment of the Roe Street car park and $450,000 has been allocated to upgrading the Concert Hall car park.

Council has also allowed $150,000 to develop the land it owns on Arden Street, East Perth as a recreational reserve, even though East Perth Redevelopment Authority is planning to put houses on the site.

Another $120,000 will be spend to create an art collection for council that “reflects the history of the development of art in Perth”.

The $220,000 spent on the design works for Point Fraser is the first step in council’s plan to redevelop the Swan River foreshore.

The first stage of the Point Fraser development includes the design of services such as water, sewerage, power, earth-shaping and fees and expenses associated with the detailed planning and possible construction of a wetland area.

The foreshore irrigation plan will cost council $4.8 million over three years. It will remove the need for manual watering systems on foreshore reserves.

A major feature of the project will be a two hectare irrigation storage lake on the Ozone Reserve.

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