Shire Presidents Report

September 2017

Building Better Regions Fund  – Successful Funding Announced for Beverley Cornerstone Project

The Shire of Beverley was one of four successful Wheatbelt shires in the region to receive funding in the recently announced Round One of the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF), Infrastructure Projects stream. The Beverley Cornerstone Project has been approved $1.32m in grant funds through BBRF, which is very exciting news for our community!

 

Beverley Cornerstone Project

Assessment of tenders received for development of the Beverley Cornerstone Project indicates the completed project will be closer to $3m than the quantity surveyor estimate of $4m. This is welcome news for the Shire and an indication of opportunities afforded by the current downturn in the mining and building industries. After three unsuccessful applications to gain funding through the former National Stronger Regions Fund (NSRF), the recently announced success in round one of the Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) will enable a significant proportion of the project to be co-funded.

 

Rates Discount

A 10% discount is applicable to rate payments received in full by 11th September 2017.

The 2017/2018 Budget is available on the Shire website www.beverley.wa.gov.au or from the Shire office. The ESL component of the rate notice is a State Government charge collected on their behalf.

Nominations for Local Government Elections 7th – 14th September 2017

Candidate nominations for the 2017 WA Local Government elections to be held in October open on Thursday 7th September for 8 days, and close 4pm Thursday 14th September. Information and nomination forms are available from the Shire office or at the Department of Local Government and Communities website www.dlgc.wa.gov.au

 

Reduction in Road Funding to Local Government

The State Government has reduced funding to Local Government for roads through Main Roads WA allocations. The untied funds are mainly used for road maintenance and it is considered the reduction is a result of the recent successful Disallowance Motion in the Upper House reversing the removal of vehicle licencing and stamp duty concessions for Local Government. The funding reduction for the Shire of Beverley is $46,842.  Council had resolved during budget deliberations that should there be a reduction in funding from State Government that the Shires capital program would be reduced rather than increase rates.

 

June Census Data Indicates Reduced Federal Financial Assistance Grants for WA

The WA Government Grants Commission advised in August that previous notional grant allocations for Federal Financial Assistance Grant (FAG’s) distributions to Local Government, based on May census estimates, will actually be lower due to June census data affecting FAG’s distribution to the State.

 

Minister for Local Government and Darren West MLC Visit Beverley

Hon David Templeman, the Minister for Local Government, Heritage, Culture and The Arts, and Hon Darren West MLC visited Avondale Discovery Farm on the afternoon of Thursday 24th August. They also met with Crs Ridgway, Murray, White and Buckland and the CEO at the Shire, discussing an array of topics including road funding and changes to the Local Government Act. Rounding out the Ministers portfolios whilst in Beverley was a brief visit to the Railway Station Cultural Precinct and Platform Theatre.

 

Local Government Convention & Trade Exhibition

With a theme of “Members First” the 2017 Local Government Convention held in early August was attended by Councillors Ridgway, Gogol and Davis and the CEO. Representatives from across the State attend the event which provides an interesting array of speakers and topical concurrent sessions and an opportunity for information gathering and networking.

 

BBP Aged Housing Project

The Beverley Brookton Pingelly (BBP) aged housing project announced earlier this year has been on hold since the state election, awaiting the forthcoming State budget for direction as to whether previously committed funding is still available. The project would enable 27 independent living units to be built between the three shires, of which 12 where to be located in Beverley. The BBP Alliance are due to meet early in October.

 

Launch of BeverleyWA Branding

Chair of Avon Tourism, Karen Dore, officially launched the new BeverleyWA branding which is an outcome of the 2016 -2020 Tourism Framework. The beverleywa website has been updated to reflect the branding and an information booklet will soon be available which contains Beverley tourism information in one handy publication. Businesses and tourism stakeholders are invited to advertise in the booklet which will be renewed annually. Contact the Shire Tourism officer for more information.

 

Beverley Show

Congratulations and thankyou to the Beverley Agricultural Society Committee and their volunteers for the huge amount of effort that goes into staging the Beverley Show. After a shaking start to the weather, patrons (from near and far) were again treated to another fabulous day out at the Show.

 

Weekend West Travel Magazine

Following a visit in August by Gemma Nisbet, travel journalist from the West Australian, a terrific article about Beverley which aligned with rollout of the new BeverleyWA branding was printed in the Weekend West Travel Magazine. Did you see the article?

 

As a matter of interest …. the correct phone number for the Beverley Police is 9646 3333.

New business in town, Farm Shop Ag, advised they have received many phone calls seeking the police station due to their business phone number happening to be the previous police station number which was changed many years ago.

 Cr Dee Ridgway

   CR DEE RIDGWAY
     Shire President