Representing WESTERN AUSTRALIA PARTY
The Minister for Local Government has put in 12 proposals to amalgamate 30 Perth metropolitan local governments into 15 large councils.
The problem I have with the Minister’s proposals is that each proposal is written on two bits of paper with an attached picture of a map.
The Ministers 12 two-page proposals should be rejected by the Local Government Advisory Board. Why?
Because the public can not scrutinise these proposals. They simply do not have enough detail to warrant a submission.
In my view, the Minister’s proposals do not meet with the INTENT of Local Govt Act, Schedule 2.1 Clause 2 (2)(a):
set out clearly the nature of the proposal, the reasons for making the proposal and the effects of the proposal on local governments
Even worse, the Minister has left it up to the LGAB to fill in all the missing
detail for the Minister’s Western Suburbs (G7) proposal, and the rest of them. The LGAB will do this by collecting submissions from the seven affected councils and cobble together a recommendation to the Minister. Guess what? That missing detail added to the Minister’s proposal can not be scrutinised by the public prior to going to the Minister because all LGAB recommendations have to be lodged with the Minister by 30 June 2014. There is just not enough time for LGAB to run an open and transparent local government reform process.
The Minister’s 12 proposals should be rejected. His proposals set a very low standard with flimsy reasons and scarce detail on the affected local governments and their electors. How can any members of the public with little time on their hands write a submission of any consequence on scarce detail? At best the public would have to get information from their council which shouldn’t be the case. The Minister should provide the detail. It’s his proposal after all.
If you are inclined to write a submission or two by the 13th of March 2014, here are some points you might consider:
Submissions can be lodged here: http://dlg.wa.gov.au/Content/LG/AdvisoryBoard/CurrentInquiries/MetroInquiries.aspx#submission
Links to Minister’s proposals:
My email to parliamentarians in Hansard regarding Local Government Amendment Bill 2013: http://www.parliament.wa.gov.au/Hansard/hansard.nsf/0/df35a9e6a1075d0548257c8c00433112/$FILE/C39+S1+20140227+p24b-50a.pdf