THE City of Bayswater will benefit from an additional $500,000 in rates if 550 properties in Noranda transfer to the local government area from the City of Swan.
Mayor Barry McKenna said the City welcomed and supported the Noranda Action Group’s desire to become part of the City.
“I think it is the wishes of the residents that are paramount and should be respected,” he said.
“As early as 2010 the City had been in discussion with the City of Swan about the transfer that would mean the whole of the suburb of Noranda would come within our boundaries.
“That would have happened had the State Government not abandoned local government reform earlier this year, so residents were naturally disappointed.”
Cr McKenna said the move would simplify boundaries with residents having a closer affinity with Bayswater than with Swan.
“They use many of our facilities, such as the Lightning Park Recreation Centre, Bayswater Waves Aquatic Centre and the Morley Sport and Recreation Centre,” he said.
“And of course, with the Noranda Shopping Village and the Galleria almost on their doorsteps, they also shop in our City.
“It also means residents will have access to some great services, such as our three-bin system for households and 24/7 community security patrol service.”
Cr McKenna said the City had made its support known to the Local Government Minister and the Local Government Advisory Board.