Plan for Armadale is ‘non-negotiable’

Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale president Keith Ellis. Picture: David Baylis d422964
Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale president Keith Ellis. Picture: David Baylis d422964

The Local Government Advisory Board (LGAB) met with the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale and City of Armadale yesterday morning and presented them with a ‘non-negotiable’ proposal, which will see the City of Armadale take over the entire Shire.

The Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale was originally going to be split, with the northern part going to the City of Armadale and the southern to the Shire of Murray.

However, Shire president Keith Ellis said the LGAB had rejected the proposals from both the City of Armadale and the Shire of Serpentine and come up with its own.

‘They didn’t think it was sustainable for Murray to take over the southern half,’ he said.

‘It was going to keep the Shire of SJ together and Armadale will take it over.

‘They wanted us to hear it first.’

The LGAB is expected to make its recommendation to Local Government Minister Tony Simpson at the end of August.

Mr Ellis said there would be a three-week public consultation process.

He was undecided about putting in another proposal after the consultation process, but said the Shire was ‘totally opposed’ to the new proposal and the entire reform process.

The Shire will continue its legal fight, with 11 other Perth councils, known as the Councils for Democracy, against the Local Government Minister and the State Government’s local government reform process.

A legal challenge was lodged with the supreme court earlier this month.

The court case’s first hearing will be on Wednesday, July 30.

The LGAB confirmed it will advertise amendments to three of the proposals submitted by Cockburn Kwinana Community Steering Committee, City of Melville and City of Armadale.

Maps, an online submission form and other details will be on the website from tomorrow at www.dlgc. wa.gov.au/MetroInquiries.