Residents happy with shire service

Yet 76 per cent of the people surveyed were satisfied with where they lived.

The Community Perceptions 2013 survey showed 34 per cent of people were satisfied with the value for money from their rates.

Nearly half of those surveyed were happy with the shire’s leadership in the community, significantly up on the 33 per cent satisfied three years ago.

Newly elected Shire President Keith Ellis told Comment News that from a leadership perspective, the council planned to attract the big players to the shire including Coles, Woolworths, Farmer Jacks and ALDI.

‘We plan to attract these new companies while supporting the existing business community,’ Cr Ellis said.

‘We were extremely proud of the fact that we are industry leaders in bushfire prevention and control.’

The shire council reiterated its opposition to any amalgamation with any other local government at a recent council meeting.

A similar study conducted in the City of Armadale last year showed 86 per cent of people were satisfied with the area as a place to live and 80 per cent were satisfied with the city’s governance.

Armadale Mayor Henry Zelones said Armadale had been through the growth stage Serpentine Jarrahdale was currently experiencing.