Heated slanging match

Mayor Carol Adams.
Mayor Carol Adams.

In a letter addressed to the Courier, Cr Steve Portelli said he was angry about ‘dishonourable conduct’ by Kwinana’s elected councillors.

He said Kwinana had failed to consider its neighbouring council before submitting a proposal to the Local Government Advisory Board, which would effectively wipe Cockburn off the map.

The last-minute Kwinana proposal seeks to expand its borders north to Beeliar Drive/Armadale Road with Fremantle and Melville extending their borders south.

Kwinana mayor Carol Adams has described Cr Portelli’s attack as a ‘hissy fit’.

‘Cr Portelli’s comments are ironic, given it was Cockburn’s surprise back-flip that placed Kwinana in a unique political position,’ Cr Adams said.

‘We had the opportunity to go back to the drawing board, to revisit our preferred model and to strengthen it by considering communities of interest in not only Kwinana, but also Cockburn, Fremantle, East Fremantle and Melville.

‘It would seem Cr Portelli is having a hissy fit because Kwinana got on the front foot and proposed a plan with wider-reaching benefits for south metropolitan Perth, placing Kwinana firmly in the leadership role.’

Cr Portelli said the merger between Cockburn and Kwinana would be a good fit because of their common aspirations and industrial areas.

But at a special meeting held last week, Cockburn council hit back by lodging its own proposal to the Local Government Advisory Board with the intention of abolishing Kwinana and expanding Cockburn’s boundaries south to incorporate the district as a new south ward.