Nedlands and Cottesloe Mayors unsatisfied after a G5 State Government briefing

Nedlands Mayor Max Hipkins.
Nedlands Mayor Max Hipkins.

MAYORS at either end of the G5 left a State Government briefing in Fremantle without the answers they wanted after mergers were announced on October 22.

‘The G5 border issue will not be sorted out by 30 June, 2015 because this cannot be done until the Capital City of Perth legislation is resolved, if ever,’ Nedlands Mayor Max Hipkins said.

Some of Nedlands’ border issues may be resolved by the Cambridge-Subiaco boundary adjustment, he said, but another Local Government Advisory Board inquiry was ‘most unlikely’ because the board was prevented from examining the same issues for two years.

Applications for merger funding have to be submitted by March 31.

‘The fate of the G5 will not be decided by this date and this raises the question, ‘Will part of the available funds be quarantined for the G5 or will extra funds be made available?’ ‘ Mr Hipkins wanted to know.

Cottesloe Mayor Jo Dawkins said there were no assurances at the briefing: ‘In summary, I believe the G5 outcome is no clearer, and I find it totally frustrating.’