Murray dismisses Mandurah merger

Shire President Wally Barrett said no meetings had been held with the City of Mandurah to discuss an amalgamation or boundary adjustments.

‘We have no interest in amalgamating our rural and agricultural shire with a potential metropolitan city council, as there are no commonalities between the two councils,’ he said.

In 2009, Murray’s submission to the State Government stated its preference to remain in its current form.

The Department of Local Government recently named the Shire of Murray as one of WA’s few regional Category 1 councils, identifying the Shire as a highly sustainable council, having completed all necessary forward strategic planning to remain in its current form.

Since 2006, the Shire has experienced a growth rate of more than 5 per cent, one of the fastest growing districts in Australia.

The Demographers Forecast ID predicts growth to continue at an average of 5.5 per cent for the next 20 years and expand to a population of more than 45,000 by 2031.

Cr Barrett said he was disappointed that the entire Serpentine-Jarrahdale Shire would amalgamate with the City of Armadale. In its submission in 2009, the Shire specified that if Serpentine-Jarrahdale were to amalgamate, the Minister should keep as much of the rural (southern) part of Serpentine-Jarrahdale within the Peel region, and the Shire of Murray.