Leaders seethe at reform plan

Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams.
Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams.

After briefing local government mayors last Monday, the board on Wednesday called for public submissions on three amended proposals it will recommend for local government reform.

One of the proposals altered by the LGAB was Proposal E1, submitted last year by the then Cockburn Community Steering Committee.

Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett was angered by the amended proposal because it recommends North Lake, Coolbellup, part of Leeming and Bibra Lake be shipped off to Melville while Hamilton Hill, plus North Coogee become part of an expanded Fremantle.

While content with news of the intended Cockburn-Kwinana amalgamation, he said losing about 20,000 residents, the Bibra Lake industrial area and works depot ” which has an estimated replacement cost of $30 million ” would affect how the City delivered services to a new local government.

‘The City is certainly disappointed with what has been proposed,’ he said. Community Steering Committee co-chair Daryll Smith said the group would meet this week to discuss how they respond.

‘The big disadvantage of the amendment is the number of northern suburbs and the services offered from within which could be lost,’ he said.

Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams said she had mixed feelings about the proposal.

‘It is good that we have not been carved up and did not get a Cockburn takeover,’ she said.

‘We always believed there was need to reform, as part of a wider regional approach, but the LGAB has elected to go with amalgamation.’

The board has also proposed a boundary amendment that would see the City of Armadale expand to include the Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale, while there are various boundary amendments to the submission put forward by the City of Melville.

Submissions will close at 4pm on August 14 and maps of the changes are at www.dlgc.|wa.gov.au/MetroInquiries.