Shire in bid to absorb neighbouring councils

The proposal will go to the state’s Local Government Advisory Board, after the idea to include parts of neighbouring councils was agreed upon during a special council meeting last week.

The State Government’s local government reform process has put the Shire under threat as the Government and City of Armadale suggested boundary changes that would essentially erase Serpentine Jarrahdale.

Shire president Keith Ellis said the Shire’s submission to the advisory board last year rejected any amalgamation and as such, the board considered it ‘non-compliant’.

‘The advisory board is expected to call for submissions in the near future, with submissions only accepted from cities and shires, who have previously lodged a proposal,’ Mr Ellis said.

‘We hope our proposal and future submissions will be considered by the board as we work to save our community.’

The advisory board has the power to enforce amalgamations.

Last year’s local council reform announcements caused widespread controversy.

The Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale has since been working with community members to formulate the proposal and raise awareness of the issue among local residents.

Mr Ellis said once the advisory board received submissions, residents would be able to have their say.

Final decisions on boundary changes are expected towards the end of the year.