Coun­cil on the move

Cockburn Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Jes­sica Nico

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.

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