City of Subiaco to consider keeping four wards but reducing councillors

Subiaco mayor Penny Taylor.
Subiaco mayor Penny Taylor.

THE City of Subiaco could retain four wards but reduce councillors from 11 to eight despite strong public support for three wards and 12 councillors.

At a council meeting tomorrow night, councillors will consider an officer’s recommendation to retain the North, South, East and Central wards with two councillors in each.

North, South and East wards currently have three councillors each so would be reduced to two.

During public consultation on the City’s ward and representation discussion paper, 328 submissions were received with most people supporting an option with three wards and 12 councillors plus the mayor.

The officer’s recommendation of four wards and eight councillors was the third most popular option during public comment.

An officer’s report said the recommendation would ensure the equalisation of councillor representation across the district.

The second most popular option was no wards while having two wards was the least favoured option.

The City last reviewed its wards and representation ratios in 2016 following the introduction of the City of Perth Act that led to Subiaco losing part of the South ward and a councillor.

Subiaco is due to submit a ward and representation proposal to the Local Government Advisory Board by January 31, 2019.