City draws the line

These areas are slated to be hacked from the City’s boundary under the State Government’s local government reform plans.

Mayor David Boothman said Premier Colin Barnett’s comments that he would consider other options were reassuring as the City’s stance had always been there should be no changes to its boundaries.

‘Two months ago we were assured that there would be no change to our boundaries and the City was held up as a ‘poster child’ of the model that all local government should be aiming towards,’ Cr Boothman said.

‘Then three weeks ago we were told of the proposed carve-up to our boundaries which includes six of our current suburbs being devoured by neighbouring new mega councils to make them sustainable to our detriment.’

‘Last week we heard that the Premier would be more flexible towards where the actual boundaries end up which reaffirmed Council’s stance that Stirling should remain as is.’

‘Our suburbs should stay in Stirling and not be transferred over to other new councils for the sole purpose of making them sustainable, which we all know this is what it is all about.’

‘We are already aware of considerable support from the community with the Mt Lawley Society and the Doubleview Bowling Club already planning community gatherings to let the Premier know that they and their communities will fight to stay in Stirling,’ Mayor Boothman added.