Belmont not keen to merge

Portrait of bride and groom by church
Portrait of bride and groom by church

A body of 19 metropolitan local governments, formerly known as the G20 before the Town of Claremont withdrew, voted on a number of voluntary amalgamation proposals last month in response to the State Government’s Robson Review.

Mayors and chief executives used preferential voting to decide which of the six variations they would submit to the State Government, with the successful proposal of 16 councils ” a downsize from the current 30 ” receiving only three primary votes.

Under the proposal the City of Belmont would merge with the Shire of Kalamunda, and the Town of Victoria Park with the City of South Perth.

City of Belmont chief executive Stuart Cole said the City did not support amalgamation and believed their residents would not benefit from any merger.

At the meeting, the merger of South Perth and Victoria Park was highlighted as a positive point in the approved proposal as it would protect the two areas if Burswood Peninsula was moved to the City of Perth/Vincent’s jurisdiction.

However, opinions over Belmont and Kalamunda’s amalgamation were divided and the logic behind linking the two areas was queried.

Under the voluntary amalgamation proposal, the local governments of Wanneroo, Joondalup, Stirling, Melville, Canning, Gosnells and Rockingham would be unaffected and would result in all local governments having a population of about 100,000 by 2026, with the exception of Fremantle/East Fremantle and Perth/Vincent.

Perth’s local government structure has remained unchanged since the early 1900s.