IN Australia, we have many procedures and laws to protect the interests of the citizens.
We have elections every four years with promises and future assurances. We have elected MPs to represent electors’ interest.
We have a Governor to ensure the public interest is served and we have the Western Australian Municipal Association.
How then did the council amalgamation/border changes manage to become such a mess?
We started with a promise there would be no forced amalgamations. However, the process was forced on local government with threats that if they did comply there would be no financial aid and arrangements to negotiate with near neighbours were compulsory.
The matter was placed before the Governor, I suspect with as little detail on costs and support as was given to the public. It was approved by the Governor, which is hard to understand (why then do we need a Governor).
The Member for Riverton supported the border changes, even though 99 per cent of his constituents opposed the move.
A few members of the Government who realised the mistakes being made opposed the changes. The municipal association was not conspicuous, even though it is the local government union.
The final insult is the refusal to compensate councils for the large amount of money they were forced to spend, leaving the ratepayers to fund the waste.
The whole affair should be the subject to a public inquiry over its bad handling and costs.
GEORGE BEACROFT, Cannington