Proposal positive: Mayor

Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett and Fremantle Mayor Brad Petit photographed at the border of all three local governments; Melville, Fremantle and Cockburn.
Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett and Fremantle Mayor Brad Petit photographed at the border of all three local governments; Melville, Fremantle and Cockburn.

The Board said it intended to recommend a revised version of the Cockburn Community Steering Committee’s E1 proposal to Local Government Minister Tony Simpson, subject to a two-week public consultation period, which started on Saturday.

As expected, the merger will mean the likely loss of Jandakot Airport, North Lake, Coolbellup and Leeming to the City of Melville and North Hamilton Hill and North Coogee to Fremantle as part of the compromise.

Cockburn Kwinana Community Committee co-chair Daryll Smith said the proposed amalgamation would benefit both communities.

‘The intended recommendation by the LGAB should limit any rate increases for Cockburn ratepayers from the merger and deliver Kwinana ratepayers an annual rate reduction in the order of $200,’ he said.

‘The new boundaries allow us to keep many of the important cultural, historical and environmental assets that mattered very much to Cockburn residents including Memorial Hall and Bibra Lake ” a huge win for our community.’

Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett was pleased with the outcome, which will see the City retain the Bibra Lake industrial precinct.

‘The LGAB’s latest recommendation to amend the northern boundary of |Cockburn retains a greater number of our residents, important community assets and the City’s works depot which are significant wins for the new Cockburn-Kwinana entity going forward,’ he said.

‘We look forward to moving ahead and working together with Kwinana to ensure a smooth transition as a new city from July 1, 2015.’

The City of Fremantle is expected to merge with the Town of East Fremantle.

Public comment closes on September 15.