Friday, July 31st, 2009

The Department of Local Government has given the City of Cockburn the green light as a sustainable and progressive City, placing it in a strong position to “hold its own” in the local government reform process and assure its community of a bright and prosperous future.

As part of the State Government’s reform process, the City of Cockburn submitted a mandatory checklist to the department which has subsequently been classified at the highest level – a “category one” local government.

Category one is defined as: “Evidence indicates that there is existing organisational and financial capacity to meet current and future community needs.”

The assessment of the City of Cockburn’s checklist and associated documents identified several key strengths, including:
* A best practice approach to integrated, long-term strategic planning.
* A comprehensive asset management policy and strategic reporting framework.
* Long-term financial management for future viability.
* High levels of community participation in council elections.
* Effective staff attraction and retention.
* Efficient processing of building and development applications.
* Extensive funding sourced from the Federal Government and private sector.
* A strategic and corporate approach to community consultation.
* Planning for population growth and demographic changes.
* Environmental management planning.
* Strategies to provide the best service delivery for the community.
* Finding opportunities to work in partnership with neighbouring local governments.

City of Cockburn Chief Executive Officer Stephen Cain was pleased with the result, highlighting why Cockburn has long been the place of choice for so many people to call home, raise and educate their families, invest in business and enjoy the lifestyle and recreational opportunities available across the City.

“This is a good validation of Cockburn as a highly effective and sustainable local government with a sound financial base, thanks to a best practice approach, matched with economic growth and commitment to providing a progressive range of services to the community,” he said.

“It also validates the commitment of our City’s elected members to ensure parts of Cockburn are not given up to neighbouring councils.”

Cockburn Mayor Logan K Howlett said the Department of Local Government’s response to the reform checklist was a clear indication of Cockburn’s strength as a City, in terms of sustainability, capacity building and community focus.

“It demonstrates the City of Cockburn is in a strong position to meet the needs of the community, across a wide range of areas, both now and well into the future,” he said.

The City of Cockburn remains on track to forward its reform report to Local Government Minister John Castrilli by August 31.

lg-mayor&ceo1.jpeg: Cockburn Mayor Logan K Howlett and CEO Stephen Cain are pleased the Department of Local Government has deemed the City of Cockburn is in a strong position.

lg-mayor&ceo2.jpeg: City of Cockburn CEO Stephen Cain and Cockburn Mayor Logan K Howlett are pleased the Department of Local Government has deemed the City of Cockburn is in a strong position.

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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.
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WA's Department of Local Government highlights City of Cockburn as a sustainable and progressive city


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