Wednesday, July 29th, 2009
Culture, heritage values, a unique identity and strength through sustainability and capacity-building have emerged as the main reasons for the City of Cockburn to remain as it is.

Opinions were put forward at a special community workshop on July 18, highlighting the topics of amalgamation, council boundary changes and a ministerial request to reduce the number of elected members.

Cockburn Mayor Logan K Howlett said the workshop drew passionate support for the City of Cockburn to “hold its own” in the local government reform process, announced by the State Government earlier this year.

“The pros and cons of amalgamating with adjoining councils, and the options being considered by those councils with boundary movements into Cockburn, drew passionate commentary from the small number of community members present,” he said.

“While the City has approached neighbouring councils on the matter of amalgamations, there has been no appetite for this, except their notification to ‘acquire’ parts of the City by requesting boundary changes that eroded Cockburn’s future sustainability.

“Cockburn’s elected members have clearly indicated they will staunchly defend boundaries with the same traditional gusto of past attempts to carve up the City between Fremantle and Kwinana in 1969.

“We are committed to genuine reform, not tinkering at the edges.”

Local government reform will be debated by the council at an August meeting before sending a submission to Local Government Minister John Castrilli before the August 31 deadline.

“All elected members also welcome further community input in the lead-up to the next council meeting,” Mayor Howlett said.

amalgamations1.jpeg: Cockburn Mayor Logan K Howlett speaking at the community forum.

amalgamations2.jpeg: June Shann from Coolbellup, Jan Langley from Yangebup, Maggie Dike from Yangebup and Jan de Groote from Hamilton Hill with Cockburn Councillor Sue Limbert at the community workshop on amalgamations.

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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.
Chris Thomas
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City of Cockburn wants to keep its boundaries


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