Merger moves as deadline draws near

On August 26, the Armadale City Council decided that in its submission on the proposed local government merger it would support the merge with Serpentine Jarrahdale, but if that merge proposal failed, council would foreshadow a second boundary change to see the southern part go to the Shire of Murray.

A 3100-signature petition distributed by the SJ for Peel committee was raised in Parliament on Tuesday, September 10, by Mandurah MLA David Templeman.

Mr Templeman said as the petition did not comply with standing orders he would be writing to Mr Simpson and Mr Barnett to highlight the calls for Serpentine Jarrahdale to completely merge with Murray.

The Serpentine Jarrahdale council also had the opportunity to present their case to Premier Colin Barnett and Local Government Minister Tony Simpson in person earlier this month, highlighting their differences with the City of Armadale and their opposition to amalgamation.

Shire President Cr Bruce Moore said it was great to welcome Mr Barnett and Local Government Minister Tony Simpson to the council offices and said it was a positive forum.

He hoped the comments would be taken into consideration in conjunction with the council’s submission to the Local Government Advisory Board by October 4.