Putting differences aside

Suburbs the LGAB is proposing Cockburn loses under reform and a merger with Kwinana.
Suburbs the LGAB is proposing Cockburn loses under reform and a merger with Kwinana.

The LGAB recently proposed to Local Government Minister Tony Simpson a merger between the cities of Kwinana and Cockburn, a move that would form an entirely new entity.

Both cities had previously proposed a boundary adjustment. Kwinana sought to govern a southern section of Cockburn, while a Cockburn community submission aimed to combine the two councils minus a small section of Leeming.

Following the LGAB’s recent announcement, Cr Adams believed more common ground was needed between the cities.

‘A mature approach is needed because we will be joining together in some form,’ she said.

‘We need to thrash out what to advise the LGAB in regards to aspects of a new entity, including how the mayor will be elected, ward boundaries and council representation.’

Mr Howlett agreed working together was the best way to get a positive outcome for residents of the future local government.

‘The City looks forward to engaging with the City of Kwinana in terms of progressing the amalgamation of our two cities, ensuring a seamless transition of service delivery for our respective communities and the identification of job opportunities and career paths for members of staff in both local governments,’ he said.

‘There is much work to be done between now and July 1, 2015.’

The LGAB’s final decision is expected later this month.