City of Cockburn to axe billboards thanking WA Labor for funding Armadale Rd Bridge

City of Cockburn to axe billboards thanking WA Labor for funding Armadale Rd Bridge

Cockburn councillor Steve Portelli with Build Roe 8 – Save Our Suburbs members Steve Greenwood, Graham Charlton, Lorna Hardy and Steve Summerell in front of a billboard in Atwell.

BILLBOARDS thanking WA Labor for funding the proposed Armadale Road Bridge will be scrapped following a council meeting on Thursday night.

City of Cockburn councillors backed a recommendation from councillor Steve Portelli calling for the City to cease advertisements and media campaigns thanking the new Government for the bridge pledge.

Part of the City’s advertising campaign included the re-skinning of seven permanent billboards with the message: “Thank you WA Labor for funding Armadale Road Bridge”.

The message relates to Labor’s pre-election promise to halt Roe 8 and divert funding to the $166 million flyover joining Armadale Road to North Lake Road if it won government.

Councillor Portelli previously argued “a letter to the McGowan Government would have been more appropriate and a lot less costly”.

He also said the boards, which cost ratepayers $4485 to change, were a “political statement ingratiating (the City) to a political party”.

Cr Portelli’s recommendation was backed 6 – 2 by elected members.

City chief executive Stephen Cain, who previously argued the signs were a reminder to the Government that it had a promise to keep, said the boards were due to be replaced anyway.

“The City has already finished its advertising and media campaigns so the advertising has cycled off our webpage and Facebook (page),” he said.

“There is no plan for further investment…”

Mr Cain said it was the same story with the billboards, which should be replaced with City marketing messages within two weeks.

Questioned about funding for the bridge during public question time, Mayor Logan Howlett said he spoke with the Transport Minister Rita Saffioti on Wednesday.

“(The State Government is) having discussions with the Federal Government and Infrastructure Australia in terms of the reallocation of funds from the Roe 8 project to other projects the State Government highlighted during their (State Election) campaign,” he said.

“We’re waiting to hear further information as a result of those meetings that are ongoing.”