President’s call to arms

Darren Jones, Raj Eshmald, Sue Bilich and Ian Toleman promoting Kalamunda Bike Week.
Darren Jones, Raj Eshmald, Sue Bilich and Ian Toleman promoting Kalamunda Bike Week.

The Shire will host the community forum from 6.30pm at Kalamunda Performing Arts Centre in Canning Road.

A second call to arms meeting will be held at 11am on March 6 at the Woodlupine Family and Community Centre in Hale Road, Forrestfield.

Shire President Sue Bilich described the meetings as ‘a call to action’.

‘The community needs a strong response,’ Cr Bilich said.

‘All we’re asking the State Government for is a fair go. Kalamunda has its own unique identity; it should not be taken over and swallowed up by the City of Belmont at the stroke of a minister’s pen.’

Ms Bilich said councillors were ‘shocked’ by Local Government Minister Tony Simpson’s proposal to abolish the Shire of Kalamunda and have the area governed by the City of Belmont.

‘This is unfair ” a takeover, not a merger ” that will leave Kalamunda without a voice,’ she said.

‘The Local Government Minister intends to abolish Kalamunda and put the Belmont in its place. He will do this by a ‘boundary adjustment’ rather than amalgamation, as was indicated when the Minister announced his plans for local government reform in July, 2013. The Shire of Kalamunda will simply cease to exist from July, 2015, and will be controlled by the City of Belmont.’

Ms Bilich and Shire chief executive Rhonda Hardy expressed their displeasure about the amalgamation proposal at a meeting with Local Government Advisory Board members on Thursday.

Ms Bilich urged residents to demand the board reject the abolition proposal.