City of Cockburn takes first step in move to Cockburn Central

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THE City of Cockburn has begun the process to move their base from Spearwood to Cockburn Central.

At the last council meeting, councillors voted to exchange land they owned on Linkage Avenue with a comparable, Landcorp owned lot on Veterans Parade opposite Cockburn ARC.

The Linkage Avenue land was bought for $2.118m in 2007 with the aim of developing a three storey civic and commercial building with residential apartments above, but the City of Cockburn said the global financial crisis in 2008 made the project unviable.

At 4102sqm, the new Veterans Parade acquisition is slightly smaller than the 4646swm Linkage Avenue site.

Cockburn chief executive Stephen Cain said the exchange was the initial step needed to start relocating their administration and council chambers from Coleville Crescent to Cockburn Central.

“Moving to Cockburn Central would place our administration right at the heart of the City’s CBD,” he said.

“The new site is located directly off the freeway and in the middle of a major road network, as well as near the Cockburn Central bus and train station.

“Our residents will be able to access our services and staff with far greater ease and convenience.”

Mr Cain said the move was expected to take up to four years and flagged the possibility of developing commercial office space within the complex.

The City will investigate options for the future of the Coleville Crescent site.