Mayor not buying Cockburn bid

Cockburn announced it would attempt to reach out to Kwinana after a motion put up by the Cockburn Community Steering Committee was passed at last Tuesday’s annual general meeting.

The motion called on Cockburn council to re-engage Kwinana in talks about the possibility of an amalgamation between both councils.

But Cr Adams said she wasn’t buying it and that it wasn’t an amalgamation that Cockburn council was seeking, but rather a boundary adjustment to take over Kwinana.

‘We have approached the City of Cockburn in the past and asked them to take part in regional discussions,’ she said.

‘They declined however, and instead launched a scare campaign.

‘We are aggrieved at the tactics being employed by this local government and many of their claims, such as rates will rise by 16 per cent, are not just misleading, they are blatant lies and we have debunked them with hard facts.’

Cockburn committee spokesman Tony Romano said that after months showing the State Government that residents would fight against any carve up, the committee would now push to unite Cockburn and Kwinana as per its submission to the Local Government Advisory Board.

‘We have moved from a campaign directed initially at the State Government, Fremantle, Melville and Kwinana so as to demonstrate that the people of Cockburn are not going to accept the proposed break-up of the City of Cockburn,’he said.

‘The campaign has now moved to one of providing the best outcome for the ratepayers of Cockburn, accepting that a standalone options is not possible. The best outcome for the ratepayers of Cockburn is a full merger with Kwinana as we originally proposed.’

Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett said council would look at when it will attempt to re-open negotiations later this month.