PLANS to celebrate the Town of Kwinana becoming a City later this year have officially been put on hold as local government reform looms over the council.
Councillors passed a motion at Wednesday’s council meeting to turn the Town’s City Status Committee into just a working group, as its future as a local government remains uncertain.
The committee was formed in 2009 to begin plans for the historic changeover from Town to City, including a celebrations to mark the milestone, rebranding and a change-over timeline.
It included Mayor Carol Adams, Deputy Mayor Ruth Alexander, councillors Sherilyn Wood and Sandra Lee and council staff. It has met only met since its inception.
The Town officially passed 30,000 residents last year, making it eligible to become a City, and lodged an application with the Department of Local Government earlier this year.
But in April the release of the Metropolitan Local Government Review draft findings painted a bleak future for the town, which was unlikely to exist in its current form under the three options suggested in the findings for fewer, larger councils.
While the Town could soon change its name to the City of Kwinana, Cr Adams said recently it would spend little on rebranding, replacing signage and other costs until the State Government decided its fate.