Map suggests curtains for council

The State Government was expected to formally release a map this week that showed the northern part of Serpentine Jarrahdale would be merged with Armadale. It is believed the southern portion would join with the Shire of Murray.

The map was inadvertently released on November 4, as an insert map on the City of Perth plan.

It showed a boundary adjustment for the City of Armadale that would expand south to Mundijong Road and the railway line and across to Jarrahdale.

That would leave rural suburbs in Serpentine Jarrahdale intact but unlikely to be financially viable as a stand-alone council without the urban rates base.

Four months ago, prior to submissions from local governments, the State Government’s preferred model was to amalgamate Armadale and Serpentine Jarrahdale.

A spokeswoman for the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale said the Shire would not comment on the changes until after it meets with Local Government Minister Tony Simpson this month.

City of Armadale Mayor Henry Zelones told Comment News Armadale was prepared to take in a portion of Serpentine Jarrahdale and the proposed boundary adjustment was in line with the council’s submission on amalgamation.

Cardup and Byford were part of the Armadale local government area until given to Serpentine Jarrahdale in 1974, Mr Simpson told Comment News.

‘I’d always been conscious there’s been a push for part of Serpentine Jarrahdale for Peel region even though the group didn’t talk to me directly,’ Mr Simpson said.

The Shire has maintained its opposition to amalgamation, while a local SJ for Peel group called for a merger with the Shire of Murray instead of Armadale.

The independent Local Government Advisory Board will report by mid-next year with a breakdown of the expected impact on rates and other factors in the reduced number of councils.