Kwinana Hits City Benchmark

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The Kwinana Town Council looks to be a thing of the past after the town officially burst through the barrier required to obtain city status last week.

The Kwinana Town Council looks to be a thing of the past after the town officially burst through the barrier required to obtain city status last week.

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  • 1. Kwinana Hits City Benchmark© The Mortgage Gallery Rockingham
  • 2. Sound Telegraph, Wednesday, April 11, 2012 By Niall Boyle The Kwinana Town Council looks to be a thing of the past after the town officially burst through the barrier required to obtain city status last week. Figures released by the Australia Bureau of Statistics reveal Kwinana’s population rose 4.8 percent to 30, 433 as of June 11. The benchmark for a local government to earn formal recognition as a city is 30, 000 residents. Kwinana was also recognized as the fastest- growing area in the south west metropolitan area and the fourth fastest in the State. The figures showed the town has welcomed almost 6000 new residents in the past five years. An application to the Department of Local Government to become Kwinana City Council is expected by the end of the year. A spokeswoman for Local Government Minister John Castrilli said once valid application is received the approval process, including seeking a governor’s order, takes about eight weeks. Mayor Carol Adams said the council had long anticipated the move to city status and was looking forward to community consultation as part of the process. Rockingham Kwinana Chamber of Commerce president Justin Smith said the move was positive. “It just shows that Kwinana is growing, going through a huge redevelopment in the CBD, which was fantastic for the area, “he said. “I think it won’t be considered as a country town anymore, and more as part of the metropolitan area.© The Mortgage Gallery Rockingham
  • 3. “Hopefully it (status change) will bring more money to the area, will enable Kwinana to qualify for different government incentives, both State and Federal, and improve unemployment rates.” Kwinana Industries Council director Chris Oughton said changing to city status would not impact industry. “When new businesses consider operating in the Kwinana Industrial Area they look for stability, how difficult is the red tape, and it’s future sustainability, which is very important,” he said. “The industrial area is governed by three local governments, regardless. “It doesn’t change anything for industry. We have good relationships which will continue the the Town or City of Kwinana.© The Mortgage Gallery Rockingham