City’s 2026 vi­sion


Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS - Bryce Luff

COCK­BURN au­thor­i­ties are pre­dict­ing plenty of changes for the city and in June adopted sev­eral doc­u­ments to guide growth over the com­ing years.

No­table among these was the 2016 to 2026 Strate­gic Community Plan (SCP), con­sid­ered in con­junc­tion with other sup­port­ing pa­pers.

Put sim­ply, Cock­burn is ex­pected to grow sig­nif­i­cantly.

The city’s pop­u­la­tion is fore­cast to in­crease from 110,300 people in 2016 to 148,500 in 2025.

Adding to a 35 per cent boost in pop­u­la­tion will be the ad­di­tion of 13,000 new dwellings.

The SCP said the com­ing decade was likely to be the last in which pop­u­la­tion growth was driven by green­field res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ments.

“From 2026, pop­u­la­tion growth is more likely to come from the re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion of ex­ist­ing sub­urbs and the rate of growth is fore­cast to de­cline,” it said. A 2015 per­cep­tion sur­vey found traf­fic is­sues were the num­ber one con­cern for people in the city, fol­lowed by the over­all ap­pear­ance of the area, and pub­lic safety and se­cu­rity.

Cock­burn Mayor Lo­gan Howlett said the city would move to ad­dress those con­cerns, but had to ne­go­ti­ate its own chal­lenges.

Those chal­lenges in­clude the need to bal­ance in­creased den­sity while pro­tect­ing green space, find­ing longterm op­tions for waste man­age­ment and en­vi­ron­men­tal changes.

Also in­cluded was re­duced income streams and cost shift­ing from state to lo­cal gov­ern­ments – cou­pled with in­creased demand for ser­vices – and the need for ac­cess to new tech­nol­ogy for res­i­dents and busi­nesses. WA Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Lynne Craigie agreed lo­cal coun­cils would shoul­der more of the bur­den, but said a decade is a rel­a­tively short time in terms of pub­lic sec­tor evo­lu­tion.

“The de­te­ri­o­rat­ing eco­nomic sit­u­a­tion is likely to be the most sig­nif­i­cant chal­lenge for lo­cal gov­ern­ments in the next 10 years,” she said.

“As both State and Fed­eral Gov­ern­ments work to re­duce debt and re­cover deficits, we fore­see the like­li­hood of a re- duc­tion in dis­cre­tionary funds to the lo­cal gov­ern­ment and not-for-profit sec­tors.

“The re­duc­tion in fund­ing may be cou­pled with an at­tempt by the gov­ern­ments to shift pro­vi­sion of ser­vices to the lo­cal gov­ern­ment sec­tor.

“This may place sig­nif­i­cant pres­sure on the lo­cal gov­ern­ment sec­tor to in­crease rates above in­fla­tion to pro­vide more ser­vices.”

Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Min­is­ter Tony Simp­son said coun­cils would con­tinue to evolve as ser­vice and fa­cil­ity providers.

“Over the next 10 years, lo­cal gov­ern­ments will need to fo­cus on community con­sul­ta­tion and de­vel­op­ment re­la­tion­ships across the sec­tor, and with cor­po­rate and community or­gan­i­sa­tions,” he said.

“The aim is to en­cour­age greater flex­i­bil­ity in de­liv­ery of ser­vices to pro­duce bet­ter out­comes for com­mu­ni­ties.”

The re­de­vel­op­ment of the South Fre­man­tle Power Sta­tion (left) is one el­e­ment of LandCorp’s ef­fort to bring new life to the Cock­burn coast. Cen­tre: the proposed Ar­madale Road bridge. Right: Re­think the Link pro­test­ers.

The Cock­burn ARC should be open early next year.

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