The City has made the first step toward relocating its headquarters to Cockburn Central from its current premises at 9 Coleville Crescent, Spearwood.
During October 2018’s Ordinary Council Meeting, Elected Members voted to exchange its land holding in Cockburn town centre with an equivalent lot on Veterans Parade, opposite Cockburn ARC. The City plans to develop this lot to house a new Council chambers and administration.
The City’s population and suburbs have changed dramatically over the last 15 years and a significant number of our residents now live in the east of the City and south of Cockburn Central, with further development planned in these precincts. Moving Council’s Administration Centre to Cockburn Central means that it will be more central for all Cockburn residents and better connected by the road network and public transport.
The move will provide the opportunity to design a more sustainable headquarters for the workforce which has outgrown the current premises, and which will continue to grow as the population grows.
The planning for a new administration building has been on the 'books' since 2006. It has been included in the City's Strategic Community Plan and Long Term Financial Plan with statutory reviews taken at two-yearly intervals. Those reviews have included community consultation, as required by the Local Government Act.
Council is committed to retaining a strong civic presence in Spearwood. The proposal to Council will be to provide improved civic facilities on the site, for example, a bigger, purpose-built seniors centre (the current centre has outgrown its needs as its membership has substantially grown over the last ten years), a more modern library to meet the needs of the western suburbs, an new Early Years and Family centre, new youth activity areas and potential cultural activities.
Although an analysis will be done as to whether or not it is viable and cost effective to re-purpose the existing administration building, the City is committed to ensuring that these civic buildings will be more accessible and sustainable than the existing buildings.
The re-development of the site, which is subject to Council approval, is likely to include some residential, potentially aged care, and commercial outlets, which will help to better connect this site to the community and to Phoenix shopping centre.
This, along with the proposed enhancements to Rockingham Road and the ongoing residential infill occurring in Spearwood, should all improve patronage of the shops. The Council is encouraging the owners of the Phoenix shopping centre to expedite the modernising of their centre so that it can better meet the needs of the growing community and its expectations of what a modern centre should offer the community.
The construction of the new administration centre is being planned so that it should not impact on the provision of services to the community nor should it increase rates. As a point of difference the City will also consider developing commercial office space in the complex, which could also be available for government agencies to occupy.
At this stage the City has only embarked on the first steps of this process, that is the acquisition of the site in Cockburn Central and the commencement of feasibility studies into the redevelopment of the current site. The development of the new Administration Centre and the redevelopment of the existing site will take a number of years to progress and will be subject to further public consultation and Council approval.
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