Coun­cils agree on de­pot shar­ing

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Fashion - By JON BAS­SETT

MOS­MAN Park and Cottes­loe coun­cils have agreed to set about shar­ing the river­side sub­urb’s Mccabe Street de­pot likely later this year.

“Shar­ing a de­pot will be cost­ef­fec­tive for both coun­cils,” Mos­man Park Mayor Brett Pol­lock said.

An­tic­i­pated sav­ings in­clude buy­ing one piece of equip­ment for both coun­cils’ use and not hav­ing to hire some out­side ser­vices.

How­ever, the gar­den­ing and main­te­nance du­ties of 12 out­door staff from Mos­man Park and 18 from Cottes­loe will re­main sep­a­rate across the neigh­bour­ing lo­cal gov­ern­ments.

At meet­ings last month, coun­cil­lors from both coun­cils gave their nods to a heads of agree­ment that could fi­nalise Cottes­loe us­ing about 380sq m of the Mos­man Park de­pot for a new shed and of­fice donga for the op­er­a­tors of its mow­ers, trucks and other equip­ment.

It has cost Cottes­loe $912,000 to keep the staff at a Fremantle com­pound since it sold its for­mer Nailsworth Street de­pot for $9.1 mil­lion in 2013.

A re­port at the Town’s March meet­ing es­ti­mated the 380sq m would cost about $76,940 to rent each year, and re­quire $641,250 saved since the sale to up­grade the new site.

The re­port said the an­nual cost dur­ing any 21-year lease could be about $107,475, com­pared with the $166,500 bud­geted for the Fremantle com­pound in 2017-18.

Mr Pol­lock and Cottes­loe Mayor Phil Angers said the fi­nal rent and costs were still to be dis­cussed, neigh­bours had to be con­sulted and each coun­cil con­sider any fi­nal agree­ment, be­fore the de­pot could be shared by the end of this year.

The coun­cils al­ready jointly run The Grove li­brary and com­mu­nity cen­tre, coastal care ser­vices, Shine aged care and An­zac Day cel­e­bra­tions.

Mos­man Park Mayor Brett Pol­lock (left) and Cottes­loe Mayor Philip Angers are ready to share a de­pot on Mccabe Street.

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