Council on the move
CITY of Cockburn has begun the process of moving its base from Spearwood to Cockburn Central.
Councillors voted to exchange land owned on Linkage Avenue with a comparable Landcorpowned lot on Veterans Parade opposite Cockburn ARC at their last meeting.
The Linkage Avenue land was bought for $2.118 million in 2007 with the aim of developing a three-storey civic and commercial building with residential apartments, but the City said the global financial crisis in 2008 made the project unviable. At 4102sq m, the new Veterans Parade acquisition is slightly smaller than the 4646sq m Linkage Avenue site.
Cockburn chief executive Stephen Cain said the exchange was the initial step needed to start relocating the administration and council chambers from Coleville Crescent to Cockburn Central.
“Moving to Cockburn Central would place our administration right at the heart of the City’s CBD. The new site is directly off the freeway and in the middle of a major road network, as well as near the Cockburn Central bus and train station,” he said.
Mr Cain said the move was expected to take up to four years and flagged the possibility of developing commercial office space within the complex.
The City will investigate options for the future of the Coleville Crescent site.