Win for Noranda residents in 25-year boundary change fight

Local Government Minister Tony Simpson approved the boundary change, following a 25-year push by residents to have the entire of the suburb housed in City of Bayswater borders.

The Noranda Action Group last year applied to the Local Government Advisory Board for the transfer for Noranda City of Swan residents, who live in an area bordered by Reid and Tonkin highways, Alexander Drive and Widgee Road.

Group member Doug McLennan said he was happy the work the group put in, including collecting a 549-petition signatures, was successful.

“Right from the word go we felt we should be part of Bayswater because everything we do, we do with the rest of Noranda,” Mr McLennan said.

“Almost all of our dealings through sporting and school have been with the City of Bayswater.

“The development of Reid Highway and Tonkin Highway, which is continuing, really cut us off from the rest of Swan… we’re a long way from Midland.”

Mr McLennan said over the years Bayswater supported the transfer, but Swan wanted a part of northern Morley in return, which “killed our aspirations”.

“When the (local government amalgamation) reform process fell through last year, it prompted me to go and look at the LGAB website,” he said.

“We realised we could actually go and do something ourselves.”

Mayor Barry McKenna said he congratulated the City of Swan for their collaborative work, which was a “long time coming.”

“Council has been pushing for the boundary change for many years so we’re excited it has come to fruition,” he said.