City of Bayswater residents angry over boundary change

City of Bayswater resident Allan Tapper is angry his Morley home could become part of the City of Swan.
City of Bayswater resident Allan Tapper is angry his Morley home could become part of the City of Swan.

CITY of Bayswater residents from a section of Morley are angry and upset their houses could fall under the City of Swan due to local government reform.

About 100 local residents expressed their concerns and signed a petition at a public meeting organised by City of Bayswater councillors on Saturday, at Mahogany Park in Morley.

The emotionally fuelled meeting came after the State Government announced last month that the City of Bayswater would lose a portion of Morley under local government reform.

Under the reform, about 1531 City of Bayswater residents living north of Benara Road and east of Tonkin Highway would be transferred to the City of Swan as of July 2015.

Chief executive Francesca Lefante said the City of Bayswater had advocated since 2009 that its boundaries should be maintained.

She said the City submitted a proposal to remain the same but the State Government’s recent announcement was dissimilar to that.

Mayor Sylvan Albert said the boundary change announcement was a surprise as the City never considered it would lose this section of Morley.

Frustrated residents pressured Cr Albert to assure them the City would legally represent their interests and take the matter to court.

Cr Albert said the matter needed to first go to council.

‘We’re prepared to take up our petition from this group to the minister because it is the government’s position, not ours,’ he said.

Bluegum Road resident Allan Tapper, who has lived in the City of Bayswater all his life, said he was ropable over the reform and was prepared to go to court over it.

A motion is expected to be discussed at tonight’s council meeting.