G7 proposal prompts some to rethink on whether to run

‘The announcement of a G7 galvanised my opinion and I want to follow the proposal through,’ Claremont Mayor Jock Barker said.

Mr Barker will urge all his sitting councillors to stand for re-election because they were familiar with the State Government’s request to create a G7, which residents opposed.

Mosman Park Mayor Ron Norris was to step down before the election but changed his mind when Local Government Minister Tony Simpson announced Perth’s 30 councils would be reduced to 14 three weeks ago.

Mr Norris said his long-serving connections and experience would take Mosman Park through negotiations with six other councils in an implementation committee requested by the Government to manage any change.

Subiaco’s Heather Henderson said she was still considering her future and would decide before council submissions on mergers were due on October 4. She said it would be important for her community to have consistency during the changes.

Nedlands Mayor Max Hipkins, Cambridge Mayor Simon Wither and the Peppermint Grove president Rachel Thomas still have two years on their terms.

Cottesloe Mayor Kevin Morgan did not return calls.