Group opposes push for city status

Kalamunda council endorsed a move to pursue city status, along with a possible change of name and popular election of the mayor, at a meeting in April.

The Shire says a name change would make the area more resilient to future merger attempts and potentially more attractive to investors. But the Save Kalamunda Shire Action Group believes the reasons don�t stack up.

�We have not found one sound, plausible reason to justify this campaign,� a statement from the group said.

�We are proud to live in a shire, especially the Kalamunda Shire, as it is all inclusive and not singularly focused as it would be if it was called a city.

�We already have a strong brand and a strong community, awakened through the defence of the failed merger process.�

The city classification can apply to local government areas with a population of at least 30,000.

Of the 30 metropolitan local governments, only four still have shire status � Peppermint Grove, Serpentine-Jarrahdale, Mundaring and Kalamunda.

Kalamunda chief executive Rhonda Hardy said Kalamunda had double the required population of a city.

�Our projected housing growth and infrastructure projects like the Forrestfield railway link will ensure we will grow even more. It is time for Kalamunda to regroup and reposition itself as a vibrant and viable local government with a great future ahead,� she said.

A survey seeking residents� opinions is open until August 15 at