Anthony Albanese says Labor will scrap new regional boundaries in Peel

Anthony Albanese says Labor will scrap new regional boundaries in Peel

FEDERAL Shadow Regional Development Minister Anthony Albanese has made a commitment that Labor will scrap the latest new regional boundaries that will exclude Mandurah and parts of the Shire of Murray and Serpentine Jarrahdale from applying for Federal Regional Development funds.

Federal Labor would re-instate the Peel Regional status.

Mandurah MLA David Templeman said he had brought the inequity of the new Federal boundaries to the attention of his Federal colleagues and they acted promptly.

“I now call on the five local governments of the Peel Region to stand strong against the Federal Government’s ridiculous decision to lump most of the Peel Region into the Metropolitan area,’’ he said.

“The decision is dumb, demonstrates a total lack of understanding of the region, its identity and our priorities.

“It is illogical and has been handled in a ham fisted bumbling way by the Federal Government.’’

Mr Templeman said the decision was also blatantly discriminatory against the region and WA and was a rallying call for all local governments in the Peel to stand up and fight.

“There is no other option for the Turnbull Government, this decision must be reversed and reversed immediately.”

Mr Templeman said he was alarmed the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale seemed relaxed that part of their Shire in Byford had been left out.

“Byford needs all the funding it can get from Federal Regional Funds and I would be very concerned if that Shire is not going to join with the Shire of Murray and the City of Mandurah in fighting this,’’ he said.

Mr Templeman said now, more than ever, regional status needed to be defended vigorously.