Some of the reasons given are for greater efficiency, bringing greater potential to communicate with ratepayers because of increased resources, providing better services for ratepayers and a reduction in rates because of efficiency arising from increased size.
Recently I had to communicate with a City of Stirling ward councillor. My email to him brought an immediate, positive response.
Within four days, I received a detailed email from a City employee clearly and concisely answering my queries and asking me to contact him if the response was not satisfactory.
Weeks ago, I wrote a letter to the City of Bayswater. The contents of the letter were similar in nature and very precise and I cc’d the letter to the three City ward councillors.
To date, there is no response from the councillors or the City of Bayswater. I am still waiting patiently.
What I have found is that the City of Bayswater, both at staff and elected ward councillor levels, discourage communications with elected ward members, while in contrast the City of Stirling councillors welcome questions from ratepayers and City employees responding in a positive manner.
The re-aligning of boundaries will create a larger City of Bayswater at the expense of Stirling.
If my experiences with the two present local governments are a reflection of what is to come, I hope that those in the City of Stirling, who will be swallowed up by Bayswater, will fight to prevent this from happening.