Melville Mayor continues committment to the Coolbellup Revitalisation Strategy

Mayor Russell Aubrey.
Mayor Russell Aubrey.

MELVILLE Mayor Russell Aubrey says his team is committed to continuing the Coolbellup Revitalisation Strategy, an announcement sure to win the support of future local residents.

The revitalisation strategy was drawn up by the City of Cockburn and encourages development through residential zoning changes, improvements to the presentation of local streets and enhanced natural environments.

Coolbellup Community Association’s Pip Brennan told the Gazette that finding out whether Melville would support the guide was one of the suburb’s hot topics, considering the boundary changes proposed for next year.

That confirmation came last week.

‘I have looked at the Coolbellup Revitalisation Strategy and believe that, similar to our Willagee Vision, it is an appropriate and necessary planning response to improve investment and amenity in the suburb for the community,’ Mr Aubrey said.

‘I look forward to supporting the strategy to reach its full potential.’

But in a move that could potentially cause angst in the community, he has again shown support for stage eight of the Roe Highway extension.

The five kilometre road will link Roe Highway in Jandakot to Stock Road in Coolbellup, cutting through wetland in Bibra Lake.

Cockburn residents have opposed the development, with Ms Brennan saying the extension was a ‘huge fear’.

Mr Aubrey said it would remove 75,000 vehicles per day from roads and benefit suburbs west of the freeway.

‘Pollution and traffic congestion will be reduced by enabling free flowing traffic and new employment and business opportunities. Property prices are also expected to increase,’ he said.