Testing the boundaries

The CCA will submit that a three-ward system should be created comprising 10 councillors and an elected mayor.

The City currently has four wards � Mason, Bannister, Nicholson and Beeliar � but there is uneven representation of elected members to the number of residents, particularly in Nicholson Ward.

The CCA is proposing to leave Mason Ward unchanged, with part of Riverton transferred to Beeliar Ward. It then wants Nicholson Ward to be combined with the remainder of Bannister Ward.

The City has provided several different ward structure options for public comment, but the CCA believes its option is the best, given changes need to be made before October local government elections.

�I think we�re being pushed into a five-ward system,� CCA co-ordinator Bill Prince said.

�I think we can run quite a successful election with a three ward system with minimal change.�

Riverton MLA Mike Nahan said major changes should not be implemented without elected representatives in place.

The Local Government Act requires a local government to carry out a review of ward boundaries and the number of officers of council at least every eight years. The last review was completed in 2006.

A review started in 2012 but was not finalised because the council was suspended in November 2012.

Canning Commissioner Steven Cole encouraged ratepayers to make submissions and complete the survey form, available online or from City offices, before May 7.

�Although a wide range of preferences has been heard so far, the very strong constant is the community�s enthusiasm about the return to elected representation in October this year,� he said.