UNDER the leadership of Plantagenet Shire President Chris Pavlovich and Denmark councillor Peter Caron, a tripartite economic group called the South Coast Alliance is set to add Jerramungup to its membership.
Cr Pavlovich was recently appointed Chair, and Cr Caron Deputy Chair, of the Alliance for 12 months.
The Alliance aims to improve co-operation on economic development matters between Denmark, Plantagenet and Albany.
Cr Pavlovich said Plantagenet was quick to volunteer for the Chair’s position to allay concerns that the Alliance might be Albany-dominated.
“And, being the inaugural role, it’s about putting in policies and operational procedures that will drive the organisation,” he said.
“I’m using my influence, I guess, as Chair to ensure the matters that get up are palatable on the collective [level] and not just by Big Brother.
“And I don’t mean that disrespectfully, because we need Big Brother to pull in some muscle every now and then, but it can’t just be an Albany-dominant organisation, otherwise everybody will lose interest very quick.”
The Voice of the South has learned the Alliance, which also includes the City of Albany, is planning to add Jerramungup by July 1 – at Jerramungup’s request.
“Because with the Bremer Bay orcas and tourism and other things they share similarities with the other members,” Cr Pavlovich said.
At a three-hour-and-four-minute Alliance meeting on March 21 in Mount Barker, Jerramungup Shire President Rob Lester and his deputy Jo Iffla were present as observers.
Also among a phalanx of onlookers were Great Southern Development Commission CEO Bruce Manning and Plantagenet Shire Councillors Len Handasyde and Marie O’Dea.
Late last year, before the Alliance was fully formed, members collaborated on a bid to secure a State bushfire centre of excellence that the State last month announced would be erected not in the Great Southern, but outside Mandurah.
It can now be revealed Alliance members had narrowed the list of locations for the centre down to five possibilities – one in Denmark, one in Mount Barker and three in Albany.
Other voting members of the Alliance are Denmark councillors Ceinwen Gearon and Jan Lewis, Plantagenet’s Brett Bell and Jon Oldfield and Albany Mayor Dennis Wellington and Crs Rebecca Stephens and Greg Stocks.
The Alliance is next scheduled to meet on June 20 in Albany.