Boundary change conflicts

Last week Premier Colin Barnett said he would not stop the City of Perth absorbing all of Vincent, after the City of Vincent rallied against the State Government’s plans to split the City.

Vincent Mayor Alannah MacTiernan and Liberal Perth MLA Eleni Evangel led the rally.

The Premier’s statement contradicted previous comments that only minor boundary changes to the State Government’s proposal would be considered.

Cr Boothman said while he hoped this change of position would mean other boundary changes would also be possible, the mixed messages were making it difficult for the City.

‘We are currently evaluating all aspects of these proposed boundary changes in order for council to form a logical and rational position on the matter, but comments made today versus a fortnight ago make it very difficult for council to determine what we can go back to the table with,’ he said.

‘This treatment is little reward for the ratepayers and businesses of the City of Stirling, which for over two decades has provided responsible and prudent financial management.’

Cr Boothman said if Perth absorbed Vincent, Stirling would lose out.

He said the State Government’s proposal, released in late July, gave Stirling about 8500 residential properties from Vincent to help compensate losing about 16,5000 properties from the City’s south-western border to the new western suburbs council.

‘If Vincent is off the table, then we are talking more than a 20 per cent change to Stirling,’ he said.

‘Make no mistake about this, the impact is massive for the residents of Stirling ” our economies of scale and breadth of services on offer to our residents is under serious threat.

‘Bottom line, the proposed changes are not consistent with the intent of the reform process and more importantly there is not a single benefit for Stirling residents.’

Stirling council will consider the issue at tonight’s meeting.