Stirling Mayor not happy with proposed plan

Under the changes, to be ratified today in a meeting between Mr Barnett and metropolitan mayors, the City of Vincent will cease to exist, with the City of Stirling gaining Mt Hawthorn and elements of Leederville, stopping just short of the Leederville cafe strip on Oxford Street, which will go to the City of Perth.

Cr Boothman said he was unaware of the changes until they were announced, adding that his major concern was the City’s seeming acquisition of Beatty Park Aquatic Centre.

‘We’ve just signed off on our 10-year plan and we’ve got projects in there worth $120 million,’ he said.

‘Beatty Park has debt of roughly $15 million and we don’t need another aquatic facility on that side of the City. Terry Tyzack Centre is just up the road.’

But the changes may not be set in stone, with Cr Boothman confirming he received a phone call from Mr Simpson indicating the proposed City of Perth boundary could be redrawn to include Beatty Park.

Town of Bassendean Mayor John Gangell and City of Bayswater Mayor Terry Kenyon said they had not had any news in regards to the amalgamations in recent days but expected to merge under the changes.

Mr Simpson will outline the Government’s amalgamation blueprint in a briefing to mayors, shire presidents and CEOs from Perth’s 30 local councils today.