Merger is not on the menu

Shire president Bruce Moore said community consultation and a 3100-signature petition from the new SJ for Peel Committee showed that most people opposed merging.

He said after a council decision last week its submission to the Local Government Advisory Board, due October 4, would stand in ‘stark contrast’ to the State Government’s preferred boundaries and with those that Armadale would propose.

Cr Moore said the Shire was not interested in merging with any other council at all, but aligned more closely with the Peel region.

‘We continue to work with the City of Armadale to investigate a newly formed organisation in the event that amalgamations will be forced,’ he said.

Armadale Mayor Henry Zelones said the City’s submission would plead for its district only to extend as far as Mundijong Road, encompassing Mundijong and Byford.

He said these regions had more in common with Armadale and were part of its metropolitan centre’s retail, commercial and service catchment.

‘The City of Armadale has worked incredibly hard over the past 10 years to establish itself as the strategic metropolitan centre for the south-east corridor,’ he said.

‘The southern part of SJ has more in common with the Shire of Murray and the Peel region.

‘The Government has clearly indicated its expectations ‘