Three-month gap proposal

Bassendean Mayor John Gangell with a map of the proposed boundary changes.
Bassendean Mayor John Gangell with a map of the proposed boundary changes.

Cr Gangell said he received an email from Local Government Minister Tony Simpson, with information detailing that should the boundary adjustment happen, the Town would not be represented throughout the initial three-month period from June 30 to October 2015.

He said while the Town of Bassendean and City of Bayswater had been working well together he was astounded by the latest development and was worried the Town would not have a voice during the three-month period.

‘What they are proposing now is far worse and will leave our community without a voice or representation for a period of time ” it’s simply disgraceful,’ Cr Gangell said.

‘Our community will be left without any elected representatives to advocate and champion the issues and concerns that will arise relating to our community, effectively leaving Bassendean voiceless on any matters relating to our Town.’

Mr Simpson said a boundary adjustment allowed for a smoother transition, where at least one council would continue as opposed to an amalgamation where both councils would cease.

‘We want stability, continuity of leadership and the retention of expertise ” so we can achieve that smoother transition on changeover day,’ Mr Simpson said.

‘However, one council cannot say it is taking over another.

‘No local government has any more authority than any other local government.

‘It is in everyone’s interest to make sure we do things better.

‘Reform is happening and the best results will be achieved by working together.’

Cr Gangell described the latest proposal as a shambles and said it was hard to prepare for change when there was no clear direction.

Mr Simpson added that at this stage, the boundary adjustment was a proposal and the Local Government Advisory Board could decide to amalgamate, leaving both councils to be dissolved.