Residents back council merger

Construction workers
Construction workers

Cottesloe councillor Peter Jeanes said at last month’s meeting ‘the survey endorses the council looking at going down the path of a G4’.

The Community Perspectives Study attracted 400 responses, of which 48 per cent supported the G4 and 9 per cent backed a larger council.

No mergers of any kind were wanted by 43 per cent of the respondents.

Last week, the council’s reply to the Robson Review into local government reform supported a G4, with caveats, including ratepayers voting on the idea and the State Government paying for changes.

The survey was conducted so the council could develop a Strategic Community Action Plan required by the State Government.

It found residents’ major issues were cycling safety, traffic congestion on Eric and Jarrad streets, and difficulty getting across railway crossings.

Of the respondents, 25 per cent wanted the foreshore west of Marine Parade to be improved but only 11 per cent wanted development on the beachside road.

The survey found that 83 per cent of respondents were ‘delighted’ with the council’s services in the area, which was the highest level of satisfaction with a local government ever recorded in WA.