President's Report

August 2018 - by Deputy President Cr Chris Pepper

2018/2019 Budget

Council adopted the 2018/2019 balanced budget at the July Council Meeting. Mindful of the current economic climate, Council has supported a modest 2.5% overall increase in rate revenue. The Shire of Beverley 2018/2019 budget enables ongoing provision for services and facilities for our community and capital refurbishments and replacement.


Please note that the percentage increase in total rate revenue may not translate to the same percentage increase for individual properties due to changes in UV and GRV valuations affected by a number of factors throughout the year including revaluations by the Valuer General (Landgate), land amalgamations and subdivisions.


The 2018/2019 Budget is available on the Shire website or from the Shire office



The rates are expected to be mailed out in the first week of August.  A 10% discount is again applicable to rate payments received in full by 10th September 2018. An instalment plan is also available, but is ineligible for the 10% discount. Rates not paid in full or the 1st instalment made by 10 September 2018, are subject to an 11% penalty interest rate.



The Cornerstone has now reached Practical Completion and the Shire taken possession of the building. Internal fitouts of the museum and library are to be completed. It is hoped the Beverley CRC will begin moving in by late September. The Visitor Centre Volunteers have been undertaking a range of activities in preparation for assisting the CRC with the Cornerstone Visitor Centre, including recent customer service training workshops arranged by the CRC.


Lifestyle Package

As part of the 2018/19 Budget, Council has developed a Healthy Lifestyle Package which is a 12 month Gymnasium membership and a Season Pool Pass for $373 for adults and $199 for seniors and is a 20% saving on buying the passes individually. To make the most of your two memberships ensure you purchase a membership prior to 1 November 2018.



The Shire has joined with local businesses to run a social media photographic competition to promote Beverley. The photo should be taken in Beverley with the entrant to give it a “Be Very” caption. The photo can be taken by novices to professionals on any phone or any type of camera as the judges will be looking at the essence, creativity and message, not the photographic quality. Full details, terms and conditions are on the website or contact the Tourism Officer Jacinta Murray, So go on and Be Very Imaginative to win some great prizes. Winners will be announced at the Beverley Show.



With construction slowing down for the winter, maintenance grading will continue throughout the Shire with three graders and two rollers on the roads.


Congratulations to Cr Tim Seed

On behalf of his fellow Councillors congratulations to Cr Tim Seed on his Bright Blue Gibb River Postie Bike Ride to raise money for sick children. Tim raised $5,000.00 for the Charity.


Beverley Show

The Beverley Show is on Saturday 18 August 2018. The Shire does not have a stand at this year’s show however Councillors and staff  will still be in attendance and look forward to seeing everyone there. A great deal of effort and organisation from the Beverley Agricultural Society and volunteers goes into planning the event and we wish everyone involved all the best. Congratulations to Sarah Britza for competing in the Rural Ambassador Award.



Shire President