Shire of Kalamunda councillors expected to run in City of Belmont elections

LOCAL government elections are still a year away but Shire of Kalamunda chief executive Rhonda Hardy is confident there will be Hills representation on the new City of Belmont council just four months after the reform comes into effect.

The State Government announced in October that a boundary change for the City of Belmont would mean the Shire of Kalamunda would no longer exist as of July 1 next year, with all current council positions abolished.

City of Belmont councillors would make all the decisions until the October election.

Five of the existing Belmont councillors’ terms do not expire until 2017, leaving seven slots up for grabs next October.

Ms Hardy said she believed about half of the existing Kalamunda councillors would run for the Belmont council.

‘They are being coy at the moment because it is early days; they have been asking each other what they plan to do,’ she said.

‘I think about six of them will run again just because of their passion for the area.’

The Shire of Kalamunda has been fighting a Belmont takeover since WA council amalgamations were announced.