City’s 2026 vision
COUNCIL PLANS FOR GROWTH
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.