Perth Metropolitan blog sites on Amalgamations

Julie Matheson

There are a lot of hard-working people trying to make sense of the Premier’s desire to reduce the number of Perth metropolitan councils down from 30 to 15.

Many have turned their hand at making their concerns available to the public through a blog site.

The blog sites I have come across with information that might be of interest to members of the public are listed below:

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Consequences of abolishing a local government

Julie Matheson

The article below may be of interest to residents where their local council has membership of a Regional Local group such as WMRC or WESROC, etc.

In the Western Suburbs, for example, Cambridge may not a member of these groups, but Subiaco is.  Subiaco could be abolished and possibly so will its membership and ratepayers funds invested into these services.

Read more here:    http://www.kottgunn.com.au/updates/amalgamation-regional-local-governments/

Amalgamation and Regional Local Governments


Introduction

Local Governments undergoing amalgamation that are members of Regional Local Governments are going to have to look at the consequences the amalgamation will have on the Regional Local Government and its operation.

The term Commencement in this update means the day of commencement of any amalgamation order made by the Governor on the recommendation of the Minister pursuant to section 2.1 of the Local Government Act 1995 (WA) (the Act).

References to an Establishment Agreement…

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Hold the line against forced council amalgamations

Julie Matheson

ONE DOWN, TWO TO GO…

Forced amalgamations is a jigsaw puzzle with moving pieces.  The NationalsWA have withdrawn support, leaving just a three Liberal member majority holding the line on forced council amalgamations.  Thank you NationalsWA.

Mr Barnett made his announcement yesterday on forced amalgamations but is not holding all the pieces of the puzzle.  The council pieces of Perth, Vincent, Nedlands, Claremont, Cottesloe, Mosman Park, and Peppermint Grove don’t fit the family photograph he was thinking of.  And there’s the matter of Burswood in five year’s time.

Other pieces of the puzzle include:

  1. Legal action by Subiaco, South Perth, Serpentine-Jarrahdale and Mr Ian Ker is due to be heard next month on the invalid process used by the Minister for Local Government.
  2. Mr Barnett’s Capital City Act
  3. Who will break ranks and withdraw support for forced amalgamations?

There’s not much to say on the legal action until it comes before the courts…

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Council Amalgamation Plan in Doubt Amid Funding Stoush

ABC News

The West Australian Government’s council merger plans are in danger of collapse, with Perth mayors threatening to walk away from the process unless more money is found.

Last week’s state budget set aside $60 million for amalgamations – but $45 million of that is in the form of loans which must be paid back, with interest.

Mayors from several Perth councils met with Local Government Minister Tony Simpson and say they feel betrayed.

The Government wants to halve the number of metropolitan councils from 30 to 15, but the plan has attracted criticism from councils, the Opposition and even government backbenchers.

Hundreds of people rallied outside Parliament House last month in opposition to the mergers, and an alliance of at least eight councils has been formed to fight the plans.

Bassendean Mayor John Gangell said the State Government has not been able to say how much amalgamations will cost.

“[We feel] completely betrayed,” he said.

“Our communities are now going to have to pay for the State Government’s own reform and we’re going to demand the State Government fully fund this process or we’re going to walk away.

“It is a State Government reform and we’ve told him [Mr Simpson] if they do not comply, then local government will look at having no further involvement in the process.”

Serpentine Jarrahdale shire president Keith Ellis says it is unfair.

“You know they said that they were going to fund the money, they’re not funding it, they want us to borrow money to pay for it, and we’re not gonna put up with it, the ratepayers don’t deserve it,” he said.

“And this government is financially broke; Serpentine Jarrahdale, little Serpentine Jarrahdale, we’re debt free! If we’re debt free why can’t they manage it?”