Stop spending, start working: minister

Image: File photo.
Image: File photo.

But their campaign costs, which came out of advertising and communications budgets, paled in comparison to some councils that spent hundreds of thousands of dollars.

These big spenders attracted criticism from Local Government Minister Tony Simpson last week.

In a media statement on Thursday, Mr Simpson urged some councils to stop wasting money on misleading and expensive campaigns and get on with the job of providing community services.

Public submissions to the Local Government Advisory Board closed that day and Belmont and Kalamunda were commended for being among 16 councils that agreed to form Local Implementation Committees.

‘It’s one thing to show pride in your community, it’s another to spread misinformation about potential rate rises, loss of assets and loss of services,’ Mr Simpson said in the statement. ‘With the close of the public submission period, I hope all councils will now buckle down and get to work.’

In a recent advertisement promoting its Back Belmont campaign and the public submission period, the City of Belmont claimed the Belmont community stood to lose up to $26 million and that rates would definitely go up if services were maintained at the current Belmont level, in the event of a boundary change.

Resistance to amalgamation continues in Kalamunda where more than 200 people met last Wednesday night and an action group tabled a petition of more than 400 signatures.

The Save Kalamunda Shire Action Group plans to meet with other action groups to establish a website and media campaign.