City goes for 15-council reform model

Stuart Rapley, principal archaeologist at Archae-Aus.
Stuart Rapley, principal archaeologist at Archae-Aus.

Councils across WA had until last Friday to prepare a submission regarding the Metropolitan Local Government Review, with the City holding a special council meeting last week to discuss and vote on its submission.

Mayor Russell Aubrey said the City agreed the number of WA local governments should be cut from the present 30, but he said the Robson Review’s 12 local governments was not the answer.

‘The recommended model was not based on sound boundary change principles and did not draw logical boundaries representative of strong and established communities of interest within these areas,’ he said.

The Melville councillors voted to pass the submission that, if accepted by the State Government, would see the number of councils cut to 15 with Melville remaining as one but perhaps changed to be called City of Murdoch.

‘Should the City of Melville’s proposed local government boundary reform be accepted by State Government, the City would consider relocating the Civic Centre,’ Mr Aubrey said.

‘A logical location would be the Murdoch Activity Centre, which would be more centrally located to the new boundaries and is projected to provide up to 35,000 jobs, making it the largest employment and activity centre outside of the Perth Central Business District.’

In the City’s submission, it called for the City to lose part of the Leach Highway-Stock Road boundary to the City of Fremantle but gain all of Leeming, Jandakot Airport, Willetton, Parkwood, Ferndale, Lynwood, Riverton, Shelley and Rossmoyne.

‘The population of the extended City would be approximately 165,600 based on 2011 census figures with a projected 2026 population of approximately 219,000 residents,’ Mr Aubrey said.

He said the City had been part of a G20 panel that held workshops to discuss the best plans for WA local governments.

‘The City of Melville has a preference for 15 local governments in the Perth Metropolitan area as proposed in G20’s Option 15 (e), which is the boundary amalgamation option which received the highest number of primary votes from 15 of 20 local governments who attended a workshop held when compiling their submission,’ Mr Aubrey said.