Yangebup revitalisation strategy delayed two years due to State Government reform push

It was inappropriate of Chontelle Sands to attend the funeral, says a reader.
It was inappropriate of Chontelle Sands to attend the funeral, says a reader.

A REVITALISATION strategy for Yangebup has been delayed two years by the City of Cockburn.

In 2013 the local council backed producing a strategy for the suburb in 2016-17 and another for the southern portion of Spearwood and Munster a year later. But at the City’s August council meeting it voted to push those plans back two years.

Cockburn’s strategic planning manager Andrew Trosic said the programs had to be pushed back following a lengthy local government |reform push which effectively stalled many projects for 18 months.

“From Cockburn’s perspective we needed to ensure our ratepayers would not be disadvantaged and accordingly had to direct a large amount of our resources to be prepared for the new government entity,” he said. “As reform was abandoned very late in the process, a lot of resources had unfortunately been directed to this process.”

Mr Trosic said the aim was to have a draft strategy out to the community for consultation some time during 2018-19.

Revitalisation strategies present opportunities to upgrade infrastructure and open space, enhance local centres and streetscapes and develop strategies to enhance older suburbs.

Yangebup Progress Association president Chontelle Sands said the group had a wish list a mile long, but |understood why the council had delayed the strategy.

“There was a lot of instability at the time so it makes sense,” she said. “In the meantime we’ll continue to work with the City and residents, as we have been, on the projects we want to see.”