Wednesday, July 8th, 2009 - City of Cockburn
Mark July 18 in your diaries - and get ready to have your say on local government reform and possible amalgamations with other councils at a special community forum.

To be held from 10am to midday in the City of Cockburn's administration building, the forum is one of several types of community consultation taking place to provide feedback to the State Government.

"The City of Cockburn is economically sustainable but it's still required to participate in the reform process and consult with our community regarding the options of electoral reform and resource-sharing," Communications Manager Chantelle O'Sullivan said.

"Local Government Minister John Castrilli has set an August deadline for submissions from all of WA's 139 councils, identifying opportunities for greater sustainability including community feedback on local government reform."

The City of Cockburn has identified six possible amalgamation options and is seeking feedback from the community on which options they may prefer:

1. The City of Cockburn retains its current boundaries and continues to identify resource-sharing opportunities with other local government authorities.
2. The City of Cockburn amalgamates with the City of Fremantle.
3. The City of Cockburn amalgamates with the City of Fremantle and Town of East Fremantle.
4. The City of Cockburn amalgamates with the Town of Kwinana.
5. The City of Cockburn amalgamates with the Towns of Kwinana and East Fremantle and City of Fremantle.
6. The City of Cockburn amalgamates with the City of Melville.

"The forum is an ideal opportunity for people to find out more about these options, what they involve and to provide their thoughts, which will help the council formulate a response to send back to the Minister," Ms O'Sullivan said.

To assist the decision-making process, the City of Cockburn is taking into account the Guiding Principles for Reform set out by the Local Government Advisory Board and the findings of the Western Australian Local Government Association's (WALGA) Systemic Sustainability Study.

More information is available at http://www.cockburn.wa.gov.au and http://www.walga.asn.au/sss. To RSVP for the community forum, call City of Cockburn Communications Manager Chantelle O'Sullivan on 9411 3605.

Community Forum, 10am-12pm, Saturday, July 18, City of Cockburn's administration building, 9 Coleville Crescent, Spearwood.

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City of Cockburn


The City of Cockburn celebrates its 30th birthday in 2009, regarded as one of Perth’s fastest growing and culturally-diverse local governments.

With a population of about 80,000, it has grown into one of Perth’s most dynamic and successful areas. The population is made up of a large percentage of children, families and seniors, and a large percentage of people born overseas (28.8%).

As a developing city, Cockburn has a good mix of residential, rural and conservation areas and has more than 2000 businesses. The City of Cockburn, as a council, has a continuing mission to make the area the most attractive place to live, work and visit in the metropolitan area.
Chantelle O'Sullivan
P: (08) 9411 3605
W: www.cockburn.wa.gov.au

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