IN OCTOBER, the City of Swan will make changes to its wards and boundaries following its recent review.
The changes, agreed upon by the Swan Council at a special meeting on March 27, have now been approved by the Minister for Local Government and have been published in the WA Government Gazette.
The changes, which will come into effect on the day of the Local Government election on October 21, include reducing the number of wards from six to five, retaining the current number of councillors (15) and renaming two of the wards to reflect the proposed boundary changes.
Ellenbrook and North Ward will be merged to form Pearce Ward, with four councillors.
Whiteman Park and Brabham will move from the Altone Ward to the Ballajura Ward, which will be renamed the Whiteman Ward.
Parts of Henley Brook not under the Swan Valley Planning Act will be moved to Whiteman Ward, while the remaining parts of Caversham will be moved to Altone Ward.
The Vines and Middle Swan will move to Swan Valley/Gidgegannup Ward, while Jane Brook will move to Midland/Guildford Ward.
City of Swan Mayor Mick Wainwright said the changes would not only retain a ward structure, but ensure balanced representation for electors.
“Council spent a long time considering all options, including all public submissions, before making a decision and we are satisfied this is the best decision going forward,” he said.
“All preparations for the upcoming election are being based on the new structure, and you will see these changes in full effect after the election.”