We believe Cockburn is the best place in Australia to live, work and play, so we pay close attention to making sure we live up to that promise for our residents and businesses.
Just like our community, the City of Cockburn is operating in a challenging, high-cost environment, paying a lot more just to sustain current service levels.
As a sensible approach to the current economic climate, the City is prioritising the maintenance of existing assets and infrastructure over new projects for 2023-24. Our focus remains on delivering high-quality services and facilities for our residents and businesses.
In a continuing environment of high inflation, rising interest rates, high construction costs, and a tight labour market the City of Cockburn’s 2023-24 rates will continue to be some of the lowest in Perth, and significantly behind CPI increases.
To help alleviate costs for individuals and businesses, the City will eliminate interest charges on all payment plans, including instalments, SmartRates, and other customized plans. The administration fee for ratepayers who receive their notices by mail, will also be removed.
The City maintains many natural and human-made assets, infrastructure and amenities which is costing more in the current economic climate. This includes 408 parks and reserves and 214 playgrounds, 64,022 park and verge trees, 876km of road, 845km of footpaths, as well as many community facilities and centres and Port Coogee Marina.
The City is dedicated to empowering its business sector through a diverse range of initiatives. It provides an extensive calendar of workshops, specialized training programs, and events facilitated by multiple Registered Training Organizations (RTOs), professional associations and universities. Additionally, the City fosters trade opportunities both at home and overseas through collaboration, networking, and educational events to further enhance the growth and development of businesses in Cockburn.
The City actively responds to the climate change challenge through land use planning, emergency management, control of public infrastructure and delivery of community services. We also have many initiatives to reduce our impact on the environment, improve sustainability and preserve our precious natural spaces. These initiatives focus on improving our urban forests and streetscapes, sustainably managing our water, energy, and other resources, minimising the City’s waste to landfill, and installing long term coastal protection measures.
The City provides weekly general waste and recycling bin collections, fortnightly green waste collections, and verge collections to thousands of households and businesses across 23 suburbs. Ratepayers also receive six trailer passes for the HWRP.
Our community services are free or heavily subsidised and second to none in terms of the service they provide. These include Cockburn ARC, one of the best recreation centres in Australia, Cockburn Health and Community facility, three libraries, Seniors Centre, Youth Centre, family and parenting services, a frail aged care service, a volunteer centre and family day care.
The City-run security service Co-Safe offers a responsive and effective service in response to community concerns about safety and security.
In addition, the City donates more than $8.525m to the community through grants and donations and runs many free community events such as the vibrant and very Cockburn Coogee Live.
The 2023-24 budget includes a maintenance and works program of $43.87m. Some of the key projects and services we will deliver include:
- City owned building renewals and upgrades - $6.30m
- Cockburn Resource Recovery Precinct Stage 2 design - $1.545m
- once completed, the precinct will contain a community drop-off facility, an education centre, Reuse shop and weighbridge.
- Omeo Park (North Coogee) new toilet and visitor amenities - $1.5m
- Santich Park (Lake Coogee) upgrade - $1.236m
- Phoenix and Rockingham Road (Spearwood) intersection upgrade (additional funding) –$1.285m
- Beale Park (Spearwood) - $1.18m
- finalising preliminary planning and commencing construction. Scheduled for completion in late 2024; the park will include a new sporting and community facility, re-orientated sporting fields, lighting upgrades and accessible toilets.
- Hammond Road (Branch to Bartram), Success duplication - $1.07m
- Doubling the size of the erosion reduction reef trial, North Coogee - $0.944m
- Tree planting and improving streetscapes on major roads - $0.95m
- New CCTV - $0.57m
- Wally Hagen Recreation Centre redevelopment business case - $0.3m
The City's strategic plans set the goals and direction for the City's future activities. They include the Strategic Community Plan, Corporate Business Plan, Long Term Financial Plan, Workforce Plan, Annual Budget and Report, Asset Management Plan and the Integrated Planning Framework.
The Strategic Community Plan guides the direction of the City for the next ten years while the Corporate Business Plan provides a four year view of the projects and initiatives the City will undertake. Find out more about the City's strategic plans