Since 2011, the Banjup Residents Group has been pressing the City of Cockburn councillors and administration to provide better value for money for its ratepayers and to acknowledge its mistakes promptly and graciously.
It has been strenuous work against a stubborn bureaucracy and we have made some headway but much remains to be done to change the “we are infallible” attitude of the City’s leadership.
The City of Cockburn is not much different from the other 140 local governments in Western Australia. In some ways it is better and in others worse. Comparisons, though, are meaningless. They are all in a cartel of expensively run bureaucracies, none of which would survive if they were open to competition.
Subsidiary pages from here record the efforts that Banjup and Jandakot residents have made to help make Cockburn better.
2016 – Find 2% savings in operating costs
2015 – 3.5% rise across Cockburn really 7.5%
2012 – Make efficiencies before putting up rates
2011 – 35% rise for Banjup
2016 – Strategic Plan has no performance measures
2013 - Corporate Business Plan - Why more staff?