Multicultural Leaders Slammed Citizenship Reform As “Un-Australian”

New citizenship legislation requires permanent residents to wait four years and pass a university level english test, before applying to become a citizen. Tony Burke, Labor MP, says the english competency test is something not even Australians could pass. “They have in front of us legislation that should be withdrawn, because sit deals with a…

Mayor Urges Cockburn Residents To Put Pen To Paper

[youtube id=”iuaSPT_We0c” width=”620″ height=”360″] Please click on the player above to watch the video version of the story. EVENING NEWS – Mayor Urges Cockburn Residents To Put Pen To Paper (Story begins from 04:48) An economic study released last week by international firm, AEC Group, has shown that Cockburn residents are financially better off uniting with…

Carving Up Cockburn Will Cost 100,000: Independent Report

An independent report suggested that carving up Cockburn between Kwinana, Melville and Fremantle will cost the government $100,000. The report was written by the AEC Group, a Queensland based international economic company. The study has revealed that the original Cockburn – Kwinana Merge (community proposal) will only cost $24.3 million, at the same time confirming the…

Hands Off Cockburn!

In a strong show of solidarity, about 500 people turned up at Parliament House on thursday morning to protest against the Local Government Advisory Board (LGAB) and State Governments plans to split Cockburn with Fremantle, Kwinana and Melville. At the rally, a counter proposal recommending that the cities of Cockburn merge with Kwinana, along with…

New council boundaries a big win: Fremantle, Melville & Kwinana

After Cockburn kicked off its’ “Hands Off Cockburn” campaign, Fremantle, Melville and Kwinana released a joint media statement saying the merge is a win, not a loss Three councils together urged the Local Government Advisory Board to implement those changes, believing it’s in the best interest for Perth metro residents in the south. Fremantle mayor…

EXCLUSIVE: Cockburn Residents Unite Against The Split

Just 24 hours after the state government announced amalgamation boundary changes, Cockburn residents band together to protect their city. Approximately 100 residents attended the major meeting which was held at the Cockburn City council building. The residents discussed their campaign move which includes rallies, signing petitions, contacting local MPs and dropping off flyers in the neighborhood to…

Local Government Merger Proposal Finalised

WA Minister for Local Government Tony Simpson has finalized the new local government amalgamation plans and boundaries. Under the plan, the City of Fremantle will remain separate from the City of Melville, while the northern part of Cockburn will be shared between Fremantle and Melville. The Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale will be split up with the…

Local Government Merge: The Trust Issue

The video story begins at 02:45 in the newscast. Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi, Vincent Mayor John Carey and Cockburn City Mayor Logan Howlett expressed their opinions over council amalgamation plans. On Monday, the state government backflipped on it’s decision to split the City of Vincent and give it to Perth, a decision that relieved Vincent ratepayers, but upset…

“Hidden Map” Shadow Cockburn’s Future

The future for the City of Cockburn has been overshadowed by the index map for the City of Perth’s new boundary map plan released yesterday. The index revealed more details into the possible boundaries of local governments for metropolitan Perth in the future. The index also indicated that the City of Cockburn might be calved up…

Vincent Goes To Perth

After months of campaigning from the City of Vincent and its’ ratepayers, the state government has decided not to split up Vincent. WA Premier Colin Barnett and Local Government Minister Tony Simpson made the dramatic announcement this morning after the community cabinet meeting at UWA. “I mean go and drive, walk around Vincent, you can see…