Time for reform talk over: MP

Councils around the State, including Fremantle, East Fremantle and North Fremantle, are anxiously awaiting an announcement on reform, with concerns that new boundaries will not reflect the plans of the municipalities themselves.

‘Since becoming Local Government Minister, I have been asked again and again, ‘is our council safe’,’ he said.

‘I can understand people asking that but I would like a more positive approach to reform.

‘Reform is a done deal, we’ve been talking about it for years and it is time to be decisive.’

Mr Simpson said he had recently met with the mayors, presidents and chief executives of the 30 metropolitan local governments, outlining the need to change and the opportunity to share services and remove duplication to provide services at the best cost to the ratepayers.

He said he would release the preferred model for local government in coming weeks, taking into account the Robson report, feedback from meetings, discussions with WALGA and LGMA, advice from the Department of Local Government and agreement from ministerial colleagues.