Julie Matheson

CFP Business Specialist | Local Government Expert | Community Advocate

Hold the line against forced council amalgamations


Forced amalgamations is a jigsaw puzzle with moving pieces.  The NationalsWA have withdrawn support, leaving just a three Liberal member majority holding the line on forced council amalgamations.  Thank you NationalsWA.

Mr Barnett made his announcement yesterday on forced amalgamations but is not holding all the pieces of the puzzle.  The council pieces of Perth, Vincent, Nedlands, Claremont, Cottesloe, Mosman Park, and Peppermint Grove don’t fit the family photograph he was thinking of.  And there’s the matter of Burswood in five year’s time.

Other pieces of the puzzle include:

  1. Legal action by Subiaco, South Perth, Serpentine-Jarrahdale and Mr Ian Ker is due to be heard next month on the invalid process used by the Minister for Local Government.
  2. Mr Barnett’s Capital City Act
  3. Who will break ranks and withdraw support for forced amalgamations?

There’s not much to say on the legal action until it comes before the courts in November 2014.  However there is quite a bit of lobbying to do on points 2 and 3.

Mr Barnett cited Melbourne’s Capital City Act as a reason to have one in Perth.  It was last reviewed in 2001.  The City of Melbourne’s Act contains a few difficulties for him:

  • Compulsory voting;
  • There is one huge ward un-subdivided which Vincent will enjoy;
  • Only two people per address are allowed to vote; and
  • A person running for Lord Mayor must have a running partner for Deputy Lord Mayor and the people get to vote for both.

Mr Barnett’s Capital City Act proposes much less voting.  Mayor Carey of Vincent has referred to gerrymandering of the voting process.

And now today… Brilliantly, Minister Day breaks ranks on forced amalgamations and argues for the rights of ratepayers in Kalamunda.

Thank you John.  One down, two to go.  Who will that be?

THANK YOU JOHN (Ref. The West Australian, online 23 Oct 2014)

THANK YOU JOHN (Ref. The West Australian, online 23 Oct 2014)


One comment on “Hold the line against forced council amalgamations

  1. westernsuburbsalliance
    October 24, 2014

    Reblogged this on Western Suburbs Alliance.

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