Access the Shire’s annual budget, including a summary and full budget. The previous budgets for the past four years are also provided.

Budget overview 2022-23

The Shire’s 2022-23 budget is designed to deliver on the priorities of our Shire community now and into the future.

We budget for a broad range of services to benefit our diverse community. From maintenance of roads, paths and trails to provision of playgrounds, sporting grounds, libraries and recreational facilities, the 2022-23 budget is focused on ensuring we work towards the 2040 Community Vision of being sustainable, inclusive, connected to place and respecting Boodja.

Rates infographic showing how every $100 is spent across major service areas

How Every $100 is Spent Across Service Areas

  • Roads, drainage & infrastructure - $30.81
  • Parks, leisure & recreation - $16.58
  • Planning & amenity - $12.96
  • Environment & waste - $12.85
  • Libraries, arts & culture - $7.15
  • Community buildings - $6.08
  • Public safety - $5.54
  • Community services - $5.03
  • Governance & administration - $3.00

Budget highlights

  • Recreation Centre Refurbishment
    The Margaret River Recreation Centre roof is up for replacement this year, with the Shire excited to deliver a refreshed, durable and low maintenance building with refurbished changerooms, new toilets, seating spaces and public art, as well as a new café and outdoor play space. Grant funding has been secured to incorporate a Changing Places facility to meet the needs of people with complex disabilities and their carers.

  • Grant Funding Program
    Introduced in 2021-22, the Shire’s successful $1.135m grant program will be continued, with a number of different funding streams open to support community organisations, businesses and individuals. In addition to grants aimed at supporting community development, the local economy, environmental management, environmental stewardship, community halls, organisations and events, a new Community Sports and Recreation stream has been added for 2022-23. The Community Sport and Recreation grants program is aimed at supporting the physical and mental health of our younger community, by offering financial assistance to lower income households. This funding stream builds on the State-run KidSport program, but opens the door to participation in activities which aren’t registered under the KidSport program.

  • Environmental Protection
    In line with the Shire’s commitment to protecting and enhancing the region’s unique natural environment and biodiversity, a range of programs and projects are planned to help maintain our natural assets, through foreshore and coastal management activities, bushland preservation and climate action. This includes the review and implementation of the Coastal Hazard Risk Management and Adaptation Plan, implementation of various reserve management plans, continued implementation of the Climate Action Plan and provision of funding to local groups to support various environmental initiatives.

  • Road Renewal and Maintenance Projects
    The Shire maintains a network of over 1,000km sealed and unsealed roads. The 2022-23 budget includes more than $5 million for road renewal projects, with costs of these works subsidised by over $3 million in grant funding. Major road rehabilitation projects include the continuation of works on Leeuwin Road, Warner Glen Road, Jindong Treeton Road, Rosa Brook Road, Cowaramup Bay Road and Carters Road. There is also over $1 million allocated for asphalt overlays and rural road reseals, as well as renewal works to Glenarty Road. The Shire has also committed to participate in a ‘safer speeds trial’ with the RAC  and City of Busselton aimed at taking a holistic and coordinated approach to planning and rolling out safer speed limits across the region. With the RAC providing $0.5 million in funding to each local government, this project will act as a pilot for an overall approach to be taken Statewide.

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