Rates change likely from boundary move


Local business owner Dick Lovegrove is not happy about a plan to move Wattle Grove into the Shire of Gosnells.
Picture: David Baylis        www.communitypix.com.au   d450447
Local business owner Dick Lovegrove is not happy about a plan to move Wattle Grove into the Shire of Gosnells. Picture: David Baylis        www.communitypix.com.au d450447

City of Gosnells chief executive Ian Cowie said it was likely that rates payable by the Wattle Grove residents would be different if they moved to the City of Gosnells.

“This is because the City of Gosnells and Shire of Kalamunda are likely to have different rates in the dollar,” he said.

Mr Cowie said the boundary change would not affect rates payable by City of Gosnells residents.

He said the City had not received any valuations for the Wattle Grove properties which are within the Shire of Kalamunda.

Mr Cowie said the City of Gosnells would now wait for the Local Government Advisory Board to make a recommendation on what it believes are the best boundaries.

Long-term Wattle Grove businessman Dick Lovegrove said the action to move Wattle Groves boundaries into Gosnells from a “few disgruntled ratepayers” was dishonest, selfish and duplicitous.

“The underlying issue here is the urbanisation of the Wattle Grove area and the proposed aged care facility,” Mr Lovegrove said.

“These issues have split our community for over a decade.”

Shire of Kalamunda President Andrew Waddell said the date for the submissions was now closed.

The Local Government Advisory Board (LGAB) was now deliberating and would hand down its findings in April.

“I predict something like a 7 per cent rate increase for Gosnells if this goes ahead and for those left behind a 2.5 per cent rate increase to cover the rateable land that’s been lost for the rest of the Shire,” Cr Waddell said.

“The LGAB listened to the community at the public meeting and encouraged people to put in their written submissions. I would not expect that this boundary change would be embraced by anyone. There does not appear to be any sense in that.”

Mr Lovegrove said Hasluck MHR Ken Wyatt had been particularly helpful on the aged care issue and he hoped common sense would prevail.