Council still in the dark over reform

Metropolitan council representatives took part in a four-day discussion to present their position on future amalgamations in an effort to reach an agreement on reform.

Canning Commissioner Linton Reynolds and corporate services executive Andrew Sharpe attended the meeting on May 30.

At the end of the meetings, the minister said the Government’s preferred model on metropolitan reform would take into account the Robson Report and submissions, feedback from the meetings, and discussions with the peak local government bodies.

Mr Reynolds said the minister was willing to listen to ideas.

‘He was willing to listen, but also said that the government had a map, which would be released in a couple of months’ time, when they would be able to also release details of assistance available to those councils being affected,’ he said.

‘(The) 2013 elections would produce the councillors who would be involved in the discussions about how the amalgamations might occur.’

Plans for metropolitan local government reforms are expected to be announced within the next two months, after Premier Colin Barnett and Mr Simpson both made it clear in public statements last week that the State Government was moving ahead with reform.