Bibra Lake swap for airport

A map with the LGAB’s proposed northern boundaries (in black) and the city’s (in red).
A map with the LGAB’s proposed northern boundaries (in black) and the city’s (in red).

The Local Government Advisory Board’s recent proposal for a merger between Cockburn and Kwinana came with a recommendation that North Lake, Coolbellup, part of Leeming and Bibra Lake be shipped off to Melville, while Hamilton Hill and North Coogee become part of an expanded Fremantle.

Frustrated at potentially losing the Bibra Lake industrial area and works depot, councillors used a special council meeting last Monday evening to adopt a new proposal to respond to the LGAB’s recommendation.

The new proposal would amalgamate Cockburn and Kwinana, with the Roe Highway road reserve and Jandakot Airport acting as the new northern boundary.

That would have North Lake, Coolbellup, Leeming and Jandakot Airport transferred to the City of Melville and North Hamilton Hill (north of the Roe Highway road reserve) and North Coogee (north of Port Coogee) reassigned to the City or Fremantle.

While uneasy about shipping off suburbs, Cockburn chief executive Stephen Cain said the proposal was a ‘realistic alternative’ if the city was to hold on to important infrastructure.

Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett, who ” with councillor Kevin Allen ” had voted to reject the new plan in a bid to fight for the city’s full complement of suburbs, said the new proposal would provide a more sustainable outcome for the new local government entities.

‘This is not our ideal position and we do not want to lose any suburbs or our highly valued community to other cities, however the LGAB’s new recommendations have constrained to some extent our position,’ he said.

‘Under the city’s proposal it will transfer 15,593 residents to the cities of Fremantle and Melville, which is a far better outcome than recommended by the LGAB, which is to transfer 26,570 residents.

‘The council has been put in a very difficult position and we needed to look at all the options to be able to retain as much of Cockburn as possible.’ Cockburn residents have until August 14 to lodge a submission with the LGAB.