City fears bias in councils’ merger

At its special meeting on Monday, council supported City of Kwinana’s final submission on reform to the board.

The submission supports a return to Mr Simpson’s proposal, which advocated boundary adjustments, but believes if amalgamation with Cockburn does ensue, a new entity should be called the City of Jervoise Bay and its mayor peer elected.

City of Cockburn recently backed the name City of Success in its final submission to the board.

Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams said the City was concerned the board based its recommendation on a ‘severely flawed’ Cockburn Community Steering Group E1 proposal.

‘There are a disturbing number of claims in this Cockburn proposal, particularly in terms of finances and community wellbeing, which range from being misguided to being complete fallacies,’ she said.

‘There has been bias in the process.’

Cr Adams said the City of Jervoise Bay was the name ‘most overwhelmingly favoured’ by the Kwinana community.

‘As a landmark, which is very close to the border of both communities, and a name which is entirely new, it is clearly the most appropriate,’ she said.

Cr Dennis Wood said the whole process was illogical.

‘Cockburn gets everything and we get the scraps,’ he said.

‘The long arm of politics has gone into this.’

Mr Simpson can choose to accept or reject the recommendations made by the board but cannot amend them.