Leak reveals new merger options

The map appeared in the index corner of the State Government’s proposed City of Perth model to the Local Government Advisory Board, released on Monday.

The small diagram showed potential changes to other metropolitan councils, many differing to proposals released last year. It was removed after it sparked concerns from affected councils.

But in an interview on 720ABC on Wednesday morning, Premier Colin Barnett told listeners the government had not released the map yet but there was a ‘little bit of a schematic in the corner of the map relating to the City of Perth’.

Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams said that since Kwinana’s bold last minute proposal was issued last month, the council had received extremely positive feedback from key State and local government representatives.

Under the Kwinana plan, the City would expand north to Beeliar Drive/Armadale Road, with Fremantle and Melville extending borders south to dissolve the City of Cockburn.

‘We are really pleased that the State Government is working closely with local governments to ensure that the most logical approach to reform occurs,’ Cr Adams said.

‘As part of the recent reform process, the City of Kwinana received the highest possible rating (Category One), endorsing that our operational practices and financial position are sustainable into the future.’

Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett said carving off parts of Cockburn would only push up the rates for those who are left.

‘We are sticking to the original map issued by the Government and intend to show that they got it right the first time,’ he said.