Wattle Grove to stay in Shire of Kalamunda after push to join Gosnells is rejected

Wattle Grove to stay in Shire of Kalamunda after push to join Gosnells is rejected

WATTLE Grove will remain part of the Shire of Kalamunda after the proposal to into the City of Gosnells was rejected.

The Department of Local Government and Communities (DLGC) recommended Minister for Local Government Tony Simpson reject the proposal submitted by the electors of Wattle Grove to amend the City of Gosnells’ district boundary to include a portion of the suburb of Wattle Grove currently located in the Shire of Kalamunda.

Mr Simpson’s office said in accordance with the Local Government Act, the Minister could only accept the board’s recommendation.

A report prepared by the DLGC read City of Gosnells was generally ambivalent to the Wattle Grove elector’s proposal.

Given that the City already had a population of around 125,000 the additional area is comparatively small and would have no particular impact.

The DLGC met with the Shire of Kalamunda and Shire President Andrew Waddell advised it was very strongly opposed to the proposal.

Public hearings were also held and the board received more than 200 submissions with 21 supporting the move and 184 against.

According to the report the case for Wattle Grove to move into Gosnells was “by no means compelling”.

“The board concluded that this desire was a false hope, given that the area is clearly earmarked in State Government approved planning documents for further urban development,” the report said.

“If the desire of the proponents to preserve a rural lifestyle is the main motivating factor for this proposal, then it is an unlikely and optimistic goal, given that future urban development is already entrenched in planning frameworks.”