City of Subiaco councillors urged to show leadership on ward review

Subiaco councillor Julie Matheson.
Subiaco councillor Julie Matheson.

THE City of Subiaco could lose four councillors under a review of council wards and representation, which went out for public consultation on Friday.

The review was triggered by the City of Perth Act, which led to the loss of councillor Dr Lynley Hewitt in July, bringing the council down to 12 members.

Councillor Julie Matheson spoke against reducing the number of councillors fearing it would mean the community was not represented properly.

“I support the number of councillors we have now for the mere fact I see the future of the City of Subiaco being bigger than it currently is, with boundaries stretching and I would like good representation, with the number of councillors that can do that,” she said.

Cr Stephanie Stroud said the City was over-represented compared with other local governments.

“I think it’s a strength, but I don’t think we should over do it,” she said.

“I also believe at a time when the City is cutting back that we as a council group should show leadership.”

Cr Lee Hemsley said he believed the community should be given the chance to decide what they want.

Chief executive Don Burnett said after the meeting that the City was seeking community feedback before making a submission to the Local Government Advisory Board in October.

He said the criteria for the review would be community interests, physical and topographic features, demographic trends, economic factors and the ratio of elected member to electors in various wards.

He said the changes could help the City’s present financial situation.

“There is a cost of approximately $30,000 per annum associated with each councillor,” he said.

The review of wards and representation will be open for public consultation until October 11. Visit www.haveyoursay|subiaco.com.au.