THE YEAR AHEAD

THE num­ber of may­ors and pres­i­dents in the western sub­urbs is ex­pected to be re­duced from seven to two with lo­cal gov­ern­ment re­form this year. As elected lead­ers from the ci­ties of Su­bi­aco and Ned­lands, towns of Clare­mont, Cottes­loe, Mos­man Park and Cambr

Western Suburbs Weekly - - The Year Ahead -

WE are go­ing into the com­ing year with much un­cer­tainty about our fu­ture.

Un­der its re­form agenda the State Gov­ern­ment has an­nounced its in­ten­tion to amal­ga­mate us with our neigh­bour­ing coun­cils into the G5 but that will re­quire leg­is­la­tion.

Un­for­tu­nately, it is by no means cer­tain that the leg­is­la­tion will be sup­ported, so that leaves us not know­ing whether any change will oc­cur at all.

Mean­while, all G5 coun­cils have to con­tinue to de­liver the re­quired ser­vices, frame bud­gets and op­er­ate with staff who would like to stay where they are but nat­u­rally must think of the se­cu­rity of­fered by the coun­cils, which are not af­fected by the re­form agenda.

While the Christ­mas break of­fered a wel­come re­lief, 2015 will con­tinue to be chal­leng­ing.

Mos­man Park Mayor Ron Nor­ris. 2015 will have a plan­ning fo­cus for the Shire.

Early in the New Year, we will be con­sult­ing with res­i­dents on our draft Lo­cal Plan­ning Scheme, which has been ap­proved for ad­ver­tis­ing by the WA Plan­ning Com­mis­sion.

We will also be re­view­ing our plan­ning poli­cies and lo­cal laws.

In­fra­struc­ture works will in­clude mea­sures to counter ero­sion of the fore­shore near the jetty and im­proved park­ing ar­range­ments on Lilla Street.

Un­cer­tainty over the State Gov­ern­ment’s plans for the western sub­urbs con­tin­ues to be a con­stant back­drop to our ac­tiv­i­ties.

We re­main aware of our res­i­dents’ strong op­po­si­tion to forced amal­ga­ma­tions.

We hope that the Gov­ern­ment will re­spect the spirit of the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Act, pro­vide the case for change to res­i­dents and al­low them the op­por­tu­nity to make their own decision through the demo­cratic process. Pep­per­mint Grove pres­i­dent Rachel Thomas. 2015 will be an ac­tive one for Cottes­loe. The sale of the de­pot will be com­pleted. Some funds used to re­alise debt and some di­rected to­wards up­grades in the town.

The Town Cen­tre will have a facelift with new lights, new paving and new bol­lards, plus the re­in­state­ment of some of the car bays.

Work starts after Christ­mas and will give a smart new look to our Town Cen­tre.

Im­prove­ments to beach car parks, beach ac­cess points, plus aes­thetic and safety up­grades to the lime­stone ter­races is on the 2015 agenda.

In con­sul­ta­tion with Coast­care, an up­grade of John Black Dunne Park will be con­sid­ered.

Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment re­form re­mains on the State Gov­ern­ment’s agenda and for the western sub­urbs it is pend­ing with leg­is­la­tion for a City of Perth Act.

The Town of Cottes­loe Mayor and Coun­cil­lors wish Cottes­loe ratepay­ers and res­i­dents a happy and safe 2015. Cottes­loe Mayor Jo Dawkins. THE City of Ned­lands is pre­par­ing for another pro­duc­tive year ahead. Sum­mer is a busy time in the City. The popular an­nual Sum­mer Con­cert se­ries will be re­turn­ing ev­ery Sun­day in Fe­bru­ary.

In March, the City will in­tro­duce a new ex­cit­ing event, SplashFest, for youth fo­cussed around wa­ter fea­tures.

In April, there is the Anzac Day Cen­te­nary, with big things planned.

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