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
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.