Committee invitation ‘questionable’

The Cockburn Community Steering Committee earlier this month voted to change its name to the Cockburn-Kwinana Community Steering Committee, despite failing to join a regional committee undertaking preparation work for local government reform with the cities of Fremantle, Melville and Kwinana.

It’s also looking for suitable Kwinana residents to join its cause.

Co-chair Daryll Smith said the name change reflected support the committee had received from the Kwinana community during the reform process.

He said the name change would be accompanied by further engagement with the Kwinana community.

But Cr Adams wasn’t sure Kwinana residents should be joining the committee.

‘Whilst we acknowledge that at present the City of Cockburn does not wish to be part of our already active regional committee with the cities of Melville and Fremantle, the relevance of having Kwinana community members on an (Local Implementation Committee) LIC is questionable,’ she said.

‘To have community members replacing elected members will prove to be extremely challenging.’

Meanwhile Cockburn councillor Stephen Portelli said council colleague Lee-Anne Smith should step down from her position on Cockburn’s LIC because she did not back a Cockburn-Kwinana merger.

‘She does not support Cockburn and Kwinana uniting, so why be (on the LIC),’ he said.

‘The LIC is about paving the way to a smooth transition from two cities into one city.’

Cr Smith was adamant she would ‘definitely not’ be stepping down from the committee, saying she would support council’s decision.