Mayors split on merger

Minister Tony Simpson revealed the proposal, which incorporated community feedback and saw the number of councils halve in Perth from 30 to 15.

Under the latest proposal, the City of Bayswater and Town of Bassendean will merge with parts of the City of Stirling, Swan and Vincent.

‘This has now officially become a fiasco for the Government with their inept handling of the reform process,’ Cr Gangell said.

‘The State Government once again changed its position on local government reform and released yet another map indicating substantial changes to the minister’s first map.’

‘The reform process has gone through many twists and turns over the last four years and continues to be an unacceptably poor process with the Government continually making changes without consultation with local governments and our communities.’

Newly elected Bayswater Mayor Sylvan Albert had a different view on the proposal saying he was looking forward to working with the other towns and cities to provide the best outcome and services residents, though he was disappointed he boundary change would not include Mt Lawley.

He said residents would benefit under the new proposal given the City’s vibrancy that catered to all groups.

‘We are a vibrant City with a very busy events calendar that caters for every group in the community including seniors, small business owners and many others,’ Cr Albert said.

‘We are leaders in many areas including recycling and waste management and we also have a history of innovation in service delivery, such as being the first to introduce the 24-hour seven- days-a-week security patrol service.

‘We are also the Garden City with a commitment to providing an outstanding level of liveability in our City.’