2019/20 Shire Budget: The Shire of West Arthur adopted the 2019/20 Budget on July 30 with an overall increase in rates of 1.9%. The total amount to be raised from rates is $1,706,538, which is 43% of the total income of $3,992,241. Income from grants is $1,811,598 and income from fees and charges is $299,226. The Fair Pay Commissioner increased award wages by 3%. The Shire passed on the full increase with no offset against existing over-award payments. Wages and employee costs are $2,168,778. The capital road program is budgeted to be $1,395,629, including widening and reseal works on Darkan Moodiarrup Rd and Bowelling Duranillin Rd, sealing 5km of the northern section of Trigwell Bridge Rd, cement stabilisation and super elevation on Boyup Brook Arthur Rd, river crossing improvements on Eulin Crossing and Rutherford roads, gravel sheeting on Shields Rd, and completion of Growden Place tie-in with Coalfields Rd. A full copy of the Budget is available at: westarthur.wa.gov.au.
AusChem Course - Register Interest: West Arthur CRC is organising another AusChem course in early October and while still out sorting the finer details, the team asks that you please register your interest ASAP by phoning 9736 2000.
Beginners Excel Course: If you want to learn how to use Excel, come along to a beginners course at the West Arthur CRC with Eaton trainer from First Class Training on August 28. The cost is subsidised by the CRC and will be between $200-$250, depending on number of participants. Book now by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shed Membership Winner: Congratulations to Neil Gallegos who won The Shed membership for filling in a survey form at the WAX demonstration evening.
Council Meeting: The next ordinary meeting of Council will be on August 20 in the council chambers, starting at 6pm. Members of the community are welcome to join the meeting as an invited guest. Register by contacting Nicole Wasmann at the Shire on 9736 2222.
Above: Brooke Elliot, Jodie Bignall and Breanna King.