Denmark Shire to divide project

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The Shire of Denmark council voted to split the controversial Denmark East Development Precinct Project into two at a meeting on Tuesday.

The motion to split the $14 million project was successful, with only councillor Rob Whooley voting against it after raising concerns about the western precinct.

The project involves the construction of a light industrial area, a new bridge and connector roads.

The split will be made between the western precinct; a new bridge, and the eastern precinct; a light industrial area and connector roads.

Uncertainty has surrounded the western precinct of the project, with the Shire council so far unable to find a suitable crossing point.

Cr Whooley tried to pass an amendment removing the fourth condition of the item, which indicates work should continue on the western precinct, but no councillor moved to second the motion.

“I’m very happy to see the project split,” he said.

“I’m strongly opposed to continuing work on the western precinct; there is no merit in having a bridge in that location.”

Shire deputy president Ceinwen Gearon said it was a great result for Denmark.

“It’s been a long and arduous issue for our community and this is a really good outcome,” she said.

“I’d like to thank the community for their patience with this.”

Earlier in the meeting, the Shire’s 2017-18 municipal budget was adopted with a 4 per cent increase in rates. Shire chief executive Bill Parker said expenditure must remain steady despite a tough economic climate.

“Our community, similar to other parts of WA, is facing a number of economic challenges,” he said. “During difficult times, it is important that the Shire of Denmark continues to invest and maintain levels of expenditure while ensuring that we spend in a responsible manner and make each dollar go further.”

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