Cam­paign idea sunk

CITY TO JOIN HAR­BOUR REF­ER­ENCE GROUP

Cockburn Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Vic­to­ria Ri­fici

THE City of Cock­burn has asked to pro­vide in­put for a pro­posed Outer Har­bour in Cock­burn Sound.

Coun­cil­lors sup­ported Cr Lara Kirk­wood’s amend­ment to the cor­po­rate busi­ness plan 2016-2017 to 2019-2020 strate­gic re­view at last week’s coun­cil meet­ing.

The amend­ment said the City would par­tic­i­pate in the West­port Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Ref­er­ence Group (WLGRG) rather than cam­paign and ad­vo­cate for the Outer Har­bour as rec­om­mended by City of­fi­cers.

Un­der a sep­a­rate mo­tion, coun­cil­lors agreed to ad­vise the Task­force that the City was will­ing to host a fu­ture public in­for­ma­tion ses­sion as part of the stake­holder en­gage­ment pro­gram.

Cr Kirk­wood said she could not agree to par­tic­i­pate in the cam­paign­ing for the Outer Har­bour if the State Gov­ern­ment had not yet ap­proved the de­sign.

Dur­ing public ques­tion time, WA Mar­itime Union of Aus­tralia mem­ber and Hil­ton res­i­dent Ben Lawver asked why the coun­cil would ad­vo­cate for the Outer Har­bour be­fore the West­port Task­force com­pleted work on the de­sign.

Cock­burn chief ex­ec­u­tive Stephen Cain said the Outer Har­bour plan was ad­vo­cated in 2015 and 2016 by pre­vi­ous coun­cil­lors.

“The Outer Har­bour plan would sup­port the ter­mi­nal of freight links,” he said.

Mr Lawver asked Mr Cain if the task­force rec­om­mended against build­ing the port, the coun­cil would fol­low suit.

“The task­force has two fur­ther stud­ies to com­plete this year in Au­gust and Oc­to­ber and the State Gov­ern­ment would then make a de­ci­sion at that stage,” Mr Cain said.

Be­fore the coun­cil meet­ing, mem­bers of the Anti-Har­bour Al­liance group protested out­side the Cock­burn Coun­cil build­ing against the Outer Har­bour.

Mem­bers of the Mar­itime Union of Aus­tralia and recre­ational fish­ers gath­ered and raised ban­ners that read “Don’t de­stroy Cock­burn Sound” and “Save our breed­ing zone”.

Eden Hill res­i­dent Tim Bar­low said he felt “an­gry” be­cause he be­lieved snap­per stock would be wiped out if the Outer Har­bour went ahead.

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