PepTalk August 2021 Newsletter

Message from the Shire President 2021/2022 Budget Council adopted the Shire’s 2021/22 budget at the Ordinary Council Meeting held on 22 June 2021. Total projected revenue for 2021/22 is $4.9 million of which rates income contributes $3.345 million. Strategic Community Plan Council has just completed a review of our Strategic Community Plan (SCP). The Plan covers a ten- year period to 2031. The Plan is a legislated strategic requirement for all local governments in WA. It has been developed with input from residents and sets the community’s goals and aspirations which will guide Council’s strategic direction. Major findings from the plan were community commitment to the preservation of heritage, maintaining and improving the Shire’s urban tree canopy and enhancing the Peppermint Grove/ Cottesloe Village precinct, this will be done in partnership with the Town of Cottesloe. SCP shapes the Shire’s budget to achieve these outcomes by allocating funds for a heritage grants program; the development of an urban tree canopy strategy; review of the Shire’s Local Planning Strategy and for the Peppermint Grove/Cottesloe Village project. A copy of the plan is available at the library, administration office and the Shire’s website Rates Council is mindful of the financial pressures some ratepayers are currently facing and has endeavoured to keep the rate increase to a minimum, with this in mind rates will be $3.345 million, based on a 1.7% rate increase - a 1% increase in rates revenue equates to $33,000. The minimum rate will also increase by 1.7% to $1,424. During 2019/20 Council adopted a COVID-19 hardship policy. We undertsand that COVID-19 impacts continue for many of us and ratepayers are encouraged to contact the Shire if they are experiencing hardship due to COVID-19. Waste Charges The Shire’s rate charge includes waste collection services for general waste, recycling and green organic waste. Your annual rates charge include the verge valet bulk waste collection service. It provides for three general waste and three green waste collections during the year. Residents who require additional services can organise this on a fee basis. August 2021 Newsletter A message from the Shire President Manners Hill Park Pavilion paving New flagpoles The Grove Library St John First Aid FREE Workshops for Seniors Manners Hill Park – Capital Works Program Edith Cowan Exhibition Following in her footsteps Reticulation Renewal Project Johnston St and Venn St road re-sealing project 2021-22 Waste Guide Approvals Plans Compliance Join us in our quest to manage waste better October Council Elections Continued inside. Grove Shire Landscaping Inside this edition