Better lake than never for new suburb

Lake Coogee, the body of water Cockburn's proposed new suburb is named after.
Photo: David Forrest.
Lake Coogee, the body of water Cockburn's proposed new suburb is named after. Photo: David Forrest.

COCKBURN’S proposed newest suburb Lake Coogee has moved a step closer to fruition, after council approved boundary changes to Munster.

Cockburn council passed a motion to carve up the locality of Munster, subject to approval by the Geographic Names Committee (GNC).

Chief among the changes would be the creation of the new suburb, which would encompass the area of Munster north of Frobisher Road to Barrington Street, including the entire lake.

The area of Munster north of Russell Road West would move to Henderson as part of the proposed changes, while the residual area of Rockingham Road would remain as Munster.

A map of the proposed boundary changes the City of Cockburn have submitted to the Geographic Names Committee.

Support for a name change can be traced back to December 2012, when council passed a proposal to redraw Munster’s boundaries to create a new suburb of South Coogee.

The changes were knocked back at the time as the GNC cited an identically named suburb in New South Wales, but the South Coogee Community Association (SCCA) revived the issue and received council support late last year.

The GNC told council it was prepared to favourably consider the proposal, subject to positive feedback from the Munster community.

During the consultation period, the City found 79 people in Munster’s north were against retaining the Munster name, compared to just 16 for with a further 39 having no opinion.

125 people in the same area wanted a name change to Lake Coogee, with 11 against and 37 having no opinion and another 91 people within the proposed Lake Coogee catchment area were against retaining the Munster name.

There was pushback in Munster’s east against the prospect of amalgamation with either Beeliar and Wattleup, resulting in the City opting to keep those addresses under the Munster locality.

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