Name game starts

Cockburn Kwinana Community Committee members at Hamilton Hill.
Cockburn Kwinana Community Committee members at Hamilton Hill.

The Local Government Advisory Board recently backed a merger of the two councils, subject to a two-week public consultation period, which closes next Monday.

The LGAB also asked the two councils to come together to choose a name for the future council, which will be home to about 118,000 residents.

The merged cities would form a new entity named either the City of Jervoise Bay or City of Beeliar Lakes ” as put forward by the City of Kwinana ” or the Cockburn-shortlisted City of Success or City of Beeliar.

An independent phone survey was run last week to try to determine what residents preferred as a name.

Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett said the preferred suggested name would be put forward to the LGAB to assist in its decision-making.

‘The City of Cockburn doesn’t have any particular preference for any of the four names… it wants the feedback from the community,’ he said.

But Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams made it obvious which names she supported.

‘While we have played a part in this survey, the names Beeliar and Success were put forward by the City of Cockburn and are not supported by the City of Kwinana,’ she said in a Facebook post.

‘Our preferences were City of Jervoise Bay or City of Beeliar Lakes.’

While the Cockburn-Kwinana Community Committee is yet to take a formal stance on a name, co-chairman Tony Romano said his personal view was that a continuation of Cockburn-Kwinana was the best option so as to not disassociate either set of ratepayers.

‘Then in the future you can look at changing it,’ he said.

Yet the acronym resulting from a City of Cockburn Kwinana would mean it is unlikely to get the tick from the LGAB.

Fellow co-chairman Daryll Smith said the group was happy with how things had played out.

‘We’ve gone through a process and it’s pretty clear we needed to make some compromises,’ he said.

‘Cockburn is losing about 15 per cent of its population but is retaining a lot of the essential community facilities.’ and the fin