CHURCHLANDS MLA Sean L'Estrange says he is disappointed in the State Government's decision to split the suburbs of Wembley Downs and City Beach between councils.
City Beach properties north of Hale Road will transfer to the City of Stirling, while parts of Wembley Downs will be cut from the City of Stirling, going to Subiaco under the State Government’s local government reform.
Mr L’Estrange said he would write to Local Government Minister Tony Simpson requesting a reversal of the local government reform boundary so the two suburbs would remain in one council boundary.
Mr L’Estrange said although he supported overall changes to local governments, he did not think dividing City Beach and Wembley Downs would be beneficial for residents.
‘I have no problem with the reform agenda itself; the thing I’m concerned about is that the suburbs will be divided among councils and that was a concern among many residents in my electorate,’ Mr L’Estrange said.
‘When I found that City Beach had been split by Hale Road and was going off to the City of Stirling and the rest was going into the new Subiaco, I was disappointed because I wanted suburbs to remain in- tact, whichever of these councils they ended up in.
‘I am disappointed City Beach and Wembley Downs are to be split between two councils in my electorate.
‘In my submission to the Local Government Advisory Board, back in March 2014, I made it very clear that I opposed local suburbs being split.’
Mr L’Estrange said he valued the local individuality of the area and had written to the Local Government Advisory Board strongly supporting the request by residents for their suburbs not to be divided.