Harvey plans new projects

David CharlesworthHarvey-Waroona Reporter

A range of projects have been given the green light in Harvey Shire Council’s 2017-18 budget, from contributing to Yarloop’s rebuild to major upgrades of riverside amenities.

Harvey shire chief executive officer Michael Parker said there had been some uncertainty in developing the budget.

The State Government’s Budget was yet to be announced and a review of Royalties for Regions was under way.

“Normally we have a State Budget in May,” he said.

“There’s a lot of projects that are up in the air in terms of grant funding with the review of Royalties for Regions, they’re reviewing 600-odd projects, so we’ve got a number of projects that we’re planning in the budget now.”

Shire president Tania Jackson said the projects budgeted were part of the council’s five year plan and had been considered for some time.

One of the major projects to come from the budget is the construction of the combined Yarloop Fire Brigade Station and shire depot which was allocated $935,729.

“It’s big for the progress of Yarloop,” Cr Jackson said.

“A fire station and the support for those volunteers is very important, so that will start in the next week or so and we’re hoping to get that finished by Christmas.”

Renovations of the Leschenault Leisure Centre were allocated $420,000 for the expansion of the pool deck, $300,000 for additions to the aquatic changerooms and $252,000 for upgrades to the creche.

Other projects include detailed design work for stage two of the Brunswick River Cottages, the Urban Forest Project in Clifton Park and detailed designs for the Harvey Sports Pavilion.

Cr Jackson said the upgrade and extension of paths and amenities along the Collie River foreshore for the Urban Forest Project would be an asset for residents and visitors.

“Seeing an upgrade for the path along the southern side of the Collie River will be a great asset for our local community but also for visiting the area,” she said.

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