NORTH City Beach residents opposed to splitting from the Town of Cambridge are looking to the Shire of Kalamunda for inspiration.
To the surprise of residents and the Town of Cambridge, the Local Government Advisory Board has recommended that City Beach north of Hale Road be transferred from Cambridge to the City of Stirling.
Residents have united to oppose the recommendation and have collected more than 408 signatures on a petition.
Alice Mrazek-Scriven, who lives in north City Beach, said she was considering contacting the Shire of Kalamunda for advice on rallying the State Government to conduct a poll.
‘No one is indifferent on this ” everyone is vehemently opposed,’ Mrs Mrazek-Scriven said.
‘We live in the Town of Cambridge, we use Town of Cambridge parks.
‘We 100 per cent, hands down want to stay in the Town of Cambridge.
‘I don’t understand why it needs to change.’
Mrs Mrazek-Scriven said she was a ratepayer with the City of Stirling for 12 years and the experience had made her grateful to be in the Town of Cambridge.
Town of Cambridge Mayor Simon Withers said the Town’s proposal for a boundary adjustment always envisaged keeping City Beach.
‘We plan to do everything we can to bring City Beach back to Cambridge,’ he said.
‘We’ll be providing legal advice and support (to the group). Our administration is all over this.’
Mr Withers said the board’s recommendation was presumptuous and the change was never on the table as far as Cambridge was aware.
‘We will petition the board to reconsider, then they have to receive the petition and people and the council can make submissions,’ he said.
Cambridge chief executive Jason Buckley said the council would submit its own proposal to the board opposing the recommendation.
‘I’m fielding a lot of inquiries about this,’ he said.
‘Some people are concerned about the maintenance standards and think Cambridge would look after residents better.
‘They don’t like the idea of being split from the rest of their community.’