WSA Public Forum – Subiaco 26 November 2012 – Opening remarks by Colin Latchem

Opening remarks by Colin Latchem

As Chairman of the Western Suburbs Alliance Inc or WSA, I’m pleased to welcome you all to tonight’s forum. It’s gratifying to see so many of you taking the trouble to come and take part in this event.

WSA was formed by members of community groups in Claremont, Cottesloe, Mosman Park, Peppermint Grove, Nedlands and Subiaco. Its launch was marked by the publication of a letter in the POST newspaper of July 1, 2012. Signed by 38 mayors, former mayors, councillors and other high-profile citizens, this expressed concerns about the new state planning laws which give dictatorial powers to the Minister for Planning. Since then our membership and donations to the cause have grown dramatically. We have also received supportive calls from all over the metropolitan area and beyond. As you will hear tonight, we are also faced with forcible amalgamation of our councils. This is all part of the centralization of control by the Barnett government and erosion of our democratic rights. Continue reading

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WSA Public Forum 26 November 2012 – a presentation by Heather Henderson

A presentation by Mayor Heather Henderson 

The recently release  of the final report from the Metropolitan Local Government Review Panel foreshadows the most significant changes we have seen in the history of Western Australian local government.

One of the recommendations in the report, which poses a real and immediate threat to our communities is the amalgamation of the seven western suburbs local governments.

The western suburbs have undoubtedly been a target for amalgamations since the state government began its reform agenda about four years ago. Continue reading

WSA Public Forum Subiaco 26 November 2012- a presentation by Max Hipkins

Amalgamation and loss of identity – A presentation by Max Hipkins

 The recently released Final Report of the Metropolitan Local Government Review, known as the Robson Report, has recommended the amalgamation of seven western suburbs councils into one consolidated local government, with a combined population of around 80,000 people.  If this was to eventuate, it would result in the loss of identity of all communities involved.  I would like to illustrate this by looking at just two of the affected cities – Subiaco and Nedlands.  It would be possible to compare other local governments within the western suburbs to the same effect. Continue reading

WSA Public Forum 26 November 2012 – by Heather Henderson

Amalgamation

Written by Heather Henderson, Mayor of the City of Subiaco

  The recently release  of the final report from the Metropolitan Local Government Review Panel foreshadows the most significant changes we have seen in the history of Western Australian local government.

One of the recommendations in the report, which poses a real and immediate threat to our communities –  is the amalgamation of the seven western suburbs local governments.

The western suburbs have undoubtedly been a target for amalgamations since the state government began its reform agenda about four years ago.

In 2009, the state government asked local governments to participate in voluntary amalgamations. The cities of Subiaco and Nedlands were the only local governments in the metro area that responded. We formed a three-way partnership with the state government by creating a regional transition group .The group went through the state government’s process of developing a feasibility study, which was designed to look at the costs and benefits of a merger between Subiaco and Nedlands.

When the feasibility study was complete, we took it to our communities for comment. Despite the predicted annual savings of around $3 or $4million, the City of Subiaco community strongly rejected an amalgamation. The primary reasons for this rejection were to retain the city’s independence, the unique sense of identity and local democracy. Continue reading