Kalamunda rejects all boundary changes

Portrait of bride and groom by church
Portrait of bride and groom by church

After two weeks of deliberating the G20’s six options, the Shire on Monday decided to support the 18-council model, in which its boundaries would remain unchanged.

In the submission, Kalamunda made clear it was opposed to an option that would have the City of Belmont’s boundaries take in the industrial areas of High Wycombe and Forrestfield.

Kalamunda chief executive Rhonda Hardy said the council had also rejected Mundaring Shire’s idea to merge into a single Perth Hills council.

‘Mundaring came up with that idea at the March 11 G20 meeting and wanted it explored, but Kalamunda is not keen on that idea,’ she said.

‘We have made it clear in our (G20) submission that we do not want to amalgamate with anyone.’

Kalamunda Shire President Sue Bilich said residents would be losers if the Shire was forced to amalgamate.

‘An amalgamation would have a huge impact on our finances,’ she said.

Rates would increase, seniors’ discounts would be scrapped and Kalamunda’s identity lost, she said.