Major milestones looming
Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett
This year is a major milestone for the City of Cockburn as we reach our 40th anniversary.
Our celebrations will begin with the launch of a new local history website in Summer.
In February I am delighted that local band San Cisco will headline our annual concert in Cockburn Central.
We will be holding our second Coogee Live art and cultural festival on March 9-10.
We continue to regard beautification of the City as a top priority and have allocated more than $7.7 million this year on new and improved parks and environmental projects, including almost $0.5 million on street tree planting and planting more than 50,000 plants within selected conservation areas.
Residents can look forward to a range of new facilities and improved infrastructure around the City.
The Lakelands Hockey Facility and Clubrooms will be completed, a nature playground will be built at Coolbellup’s Len Packham Reserve, and road and bridge widening will be completed on Spearwood Avenue, Jandakot Road and Armadale Road.
East Fremantle Mayor Jim O’Neill
2019 promises to be another progressive and exciting year for the Town, with a continued focus on our transformation to a citizen-centric approach to delivering our services.
Last year we undertook an intense community engagement process (Design Charrette), which led to the development of a Vision Plan for the East Fremantle Oval Precinct revitalisation.
Works will commence in 2019 for the development of a detailed business plan to deliver this vision.
In 2019, the Town’s new Local Planning Scheme will be finalised, and to support its development a number of informing studies will be undertaken, including an Integrated Traffic Movement and Management Strategy, and a Local Commercial Centres Strategy.
To further enhance our Town’s streets and provide consistency in decisions, we will also undertake a Town-wide Urban Street Scape and Style Guide.
The Style Guide aims to guide those involved in the creation and enhancement of spaces within the public realm, including local government, developers, project managers, designers, community groups and others engaged in the use, design, implementation, and ongoing management and maintenance of public spaces.
The upkeep of parks, playgrounds and footpaths will continue to be a priority focus.
It’s a great time to be living and working in East Fremantle. Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt
If 2018 was a big year for Fremantle, 2019 is going to be massive.
Following the demolition of our old council building late last year, construction will be starting on our amazing new administration building and library in Kings Square.
The City of Fremantle’s new home – designed by the world-renowned Kerry Hill Architects – will be one of the most sustainable, energy-efficient buildings of its size in Australia and will offer some great new community facilities.
We’ll also see the completion of Sirona Capital’s contribution to the Kings Square Renewal project: the new state government offices and the revolutionary FOMO retail and dining concept.
FOMO will be unlike anything seen before in Australia, while the 1500 State Government employees relocating to Fremantle will provide a huge boost to the local economy.
With other redevelopments like the Manning Buildings, Warders Cottages and the old Courthouse and Police Station also in the works, 2019 will be the year in which the revitalisation of central Freo hits top gear.
Another huge change for Freo this year will be the roll-out of the new Food Organic Garden Organic waste bins. The introduction of FOGO bins to about 13,000 households will be a big step towards achieving our One Planet target of a 70 per cent community recycling rate.
Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey
2019 will see the City of Melville continue to move forward and work with you in meeting your aspirations as we progress towards the middle of the century.
The City has been transforming in preparation for a bigger and more diverse population, with our major activity centres starting to flourish, becoming more vibrant and providing a variety of opportunities.
Melville will be a City of the future, with new development providing housing choices for every age and lifestyle responding to the needs of our current and future residents.
The activity centres will provide recreation, hospitality and employment opportunities, taking advantage of easy connection to our major transport modes and corridors, and by concentrating development in these centres we will ensure our quiet suburbs remain unchanged.
Planning for Murdoch activity centre as a Health and Knowledge Precinct will ensure growth and vibrancy is shared in our southern suburbs.
As a leader in business excellence we will continue to capitalise on our successes, driving down costs while still delivering high standards of services and facilities so you, our community, continue to enjoy the best amenity and lifestyle possible.