Boundary battle lines

A Local Government Advisory Board (LGAB) spokesperson said it had received a proposal from residents for about 240 homes, with 570 residents, to become part of the City of Gosnells.

Wattle Grove resident Clive Garnham wants the suburb to remain rural but said the Kalamunda council was not going in that direction.

He collected signatures from more than 10 per cent of electors.

“We feel our desire to stay rural will be better protected in the City of Gosnells,” he said.

“The Shire has agitated for our area to be urban for 10 years and we don’t want to be urban.”

Gosnells chief executive Ian Cowie said residents could ask for their suburb to be tranferred to a different council area, which would need to be supported by the LGAB and approved by the Minister.

Mr Cowie worked as the director of local government development at the Department of Local Government from 1995 to 2001.

“The City is open to discussing this possibility with the LGAB but has no formal view,” he said.

Kalamunda Shire President Andrew Waddell said the council would consider its position at a meeting on February 22.

“Council encourages community members to come along to the meeting to voice their opinions on the issue,” he said.

“Council also strongly encourages electors to make a submission to the LGAB and to share their thoughts with the Shire of Kalamunda so that they can be taken into account in the Shire’s submission.”

A letter has been sent to all electors in the area.

Mr Garnham was confident the proposal would be accepted.

“We wouldn’t be doing it if we didn’t believe we had a very strong chance,” he said.

The LGAB will hold a hearing at Woodlupine Community Centre in Forrestfield on February 23 from 7pm to 9pm.

A decision is expected to be made by May.