Community gathers for a conversation

About 40 residents made the trip to the Coogee Beach Surf Life Saving Club to consider what Cockburn could look like in 10 years and the role of individuals, groups and the council in that development.

But it was also a chance for residents to put forward queries to six of the City�s attending councillors, deputy Mayor Carol Reeve-Fowkes and Mayor Logan Howlett.

The first question was about a recent fire at Woodman Point, which was accounted for as a controlled burn.

Another query was about the relocation of the Spearwood Bowling Club and when that would happen.

Councillor Bart Houwen said the move was dependent on money.

A question over who paid to get local verges paved was also put forward.

Cr Steve Portelli admitted it was a pet hate of his, particularly in the more isolated pockets of Cockburn, when people did not mow their verges.

While verges are council property, most residents take it on themselves to keep their lawn and the small section of council lawn at the front of their house trimmed.

�The City spends $300,000 per year on mowing merges, but locals pay for it in their rates,� Cr Portelli said.

Road talk also popped up, with a focus on Jandakot Road, the North Lake Road flyover and Roe 8.

Cr Yaz Mubarakai said the City was aware use of Jandakot Road was increasing.

He said the City was looking at timing road upgrades in line with the growth of nearby developments

Mr Howlett said the City was in talks with Main Roads about the best way forward with traffic at Cockburn Central.

He said the North Lake flyover bridge, which was yet to receive State or Federal funding, or the widening of Beeliar Drive were two options being considered.