Super councils not so super

Super councils not so super

‘This is a double standard and is inconsistent,’ Cr Elizabeth Re said.

Last month, the Government said Wembley Downs, Churchlands and part of Woodlands would join the G7 and North Fremantle, splitting Woodlands and putting the 3 sq km Herdsman Lake in the new council.

But in a 2007 letter to the WA Electoral Commission, Mr Barnett objected to part of Mt Claremont in his electorate being split to join the Churchlands seat as ‘The Mt Claremont community does not identify with the Churchlands electorate’.

Cr Re said the Government had not considered failed divisions of communities and her area would remain ‘forgotten’ at the north of a G7, after not getting services and facilities from Stirling.

Churchlands resident Don Greenhill said ratepayers wanted to know if Abbey Creek would be maintained and Woodlands residents thought their suburb was being split just as a source of rates.

Earlier this year adjacent Cambridge council asked for a new border that closely followed the Government’s proposed route from Peasholm and Cobb streets in Wembley Downs on the coast, east to Williamstown Road and Rosewood Avenue in Woodlands.

‘We pushed for it for years on the basis the suburbs would join Cambridge and not a G7 that no western suburbs council supports,’ Cambridge Mayor Simon Withers said.

Mr Withers said Woodlands was split to stop two councils controlling planning and shops on Scarborough Beach Road.

Stirling Mayor David Boothman said losing 16,500 properties from the three suburbs was a ‘substantial loss’, which the Government had attempted to ‘sweeten’ by handing over half the City of Vincent.

Stirling will consider its position on proposed boundaries tonight.

A residents meeting will be held at Doubleview Bowling Club on August 31 at 11am.