Mundaring Shire makes amalgamation submission

At its April 22 meeting, the council agreed to provide a recommendation to the LGAB on the proposed amalgamation, which had to include the name of the proposed new entity, the method of election of the mayor, the number of elected members and the ward structures.

The Shire of Mundaring submitted the first amalgamation proposal in October last year when it lodged a proposal to amalgamate the Shire with the City of Swan.

A second joint proposal was put forward by the City of Swan and the Town of Bassendean to amalgamate all three councils.

The Minister for Local Government submitted a third proposal, which would abolish the Shire of Mundaring and incorporate the entire area of the Shire of Mundaring into an expanded City of Swan.

At its meeting, the council agreed that should Mundaring and the City of Swan be amalgamated on July 1, 2015, the new entity be named the City of Swan-Mundaring for up to two years.

A review would be held in that time with public consultation tp decide upon a permanent name.

Mundaring proposed the new council be divided into seven wards and include 15 councillors.

The Altone, Ballajura, Ellenbrook, Helena, Midland and North/Swan Valley wards would each have two councillors, with three councillors in the Hills Ward.

The Shire said in its proposal that councillors would elect the mayor of the new entity.

However, if Local Government Minister Tony Simpson’s proposal for the abolition of the Shire of Mundaring was to go ahead, the council agreed the entity would continue to be called the City of Swan.

The council recommended that it be divided into seven wards, with 15 councillors covering the same wards as in the previous proposal, and the mayor would be elected by councillors.

The proposal was carried 8-2 by the Shire of Mundaring.

The City of Swan has been advised of its resolution.