Mega plan for Melville

A map showing the City of Kwinana’s plan for a new City of Jervoise Bay.
A map showing the City of Kwinana’s plan for a new City of Jervoise Bay.

The State Government proposed Kwinana merge with the City of Cockburn, which later rejected the idea, leaving Kwinana out in the cold.

Kwinana council, which held a special meeting on Friday, proposes a new City of Jervoise Bay encompass Kwinana and the cities of Fremantle, Cockburn and Melville.

It proposes the cities of Fremantle and Melville extend their borders south, encompassing suburbs in the City of Cockburn, while Kwinana would expand north, consuming the remainder of Cockburn and increasing its population from 33,000 to 82,500.

‘With the government facing fierce opposition from many other councils, we expect our proposal will come as welcome relief to the minister and we look forward to working with him on this plan to achieve positive change for the south metropolitan region,’ said Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams.

Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey said while the city was surprised by the proposal, when looking at the boundary maps, there were elements consistent with Melville’s third proposal to the LGAB.

‘Our third proposal was an alternative to our preferred two-phase proposal, and would be relevant in the case where an enlarged City of Fremantle was considered.’

Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett said the council was disappointed Kwinana did not discuss the proposal with them prior to the meeting.

‘Kwinana can put in any submission they want. That’s their right,’ Cr Howlett said.

‘Cockburn residents will be outraged by the grab for Cockburn land, but we’ll look at the matter this week and from there we’ll determine what position we take.’