Break away anger

Break away anger
Break away anger

The majority of speakers were also not supportive of the application before the Local Government Advisory Board (LGAB) which will be decided in April.

A loophole in the local government legislation can allow 10 per cent of ratepayers to seek governance from another council if they are unhappy with their council.

In this case, 48 residents in Wattle Grove have petitioned the LGAB to secede and the other 450 residents want to stay with the Shire of Kalamunda.

It is believed the group wanting to break away are unhappy with a proposal for a nursing home in the area.

Lovegrove turf owner Dick Lovegrove said: “In all the years I have lived in Wattle Grove I have never seen such anger in the community and we strongly oppose the move to Gosnells.”

Signs stating ‘No to Gosnells’ were held up as speakers gave their position.

The LGAB received the proposal from electors of Wattle Grove to amend the City of Gosnells’ district boundary to include a portion of the suburb of Wattle Grove currently in the Kalamunda Shire. The LGAB is hearing submissions on the proposal and ratepayers can comment before March 3.