PRESENTLY split between three local governments, the suburb of Leeming is no closer to being united under just one council after Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett reaffirmed his commitment to holding on to a slice of the suburb.
Voicing his opposition to the Greater Fremantle campaign at a community meeting last month, Mr Howlett said Cockburn had rejected informal approaches from the City of Melville about relinquishing its section of Leeming.
“We told them (the City of Melville) straight: ‘We’re not in any position to talk about that’,” Mr Howlett said.
Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey confirmed that, as far back as 2008, Melville council had instructed City staff to commence a boundary review, but that no formal discussions had taken place since the proposed amalgamation of local governments was abandoned in 2015.
“Leeming is currently shared between Melville (75 per cent), Cockburn (20 per cent) and Canning (5 per cent), and those residents who fall within the City of Cockburn district are in reality segregated from the rest of Cockburn by a major road reserve,” Mr Aubrey said.
Mr Aubrey said Leeming residents whose homes were in the City of Cockburn – estimated to be about 2800 people – enjoyed considerable benefits from the City of Melville, including access to major community facilities and services.
“(They must) travel through Melville to other destinations and use Melville roads, foot and cycle paths to reach their closest local amenity, which is also within the City of Melville.”