Under the latest revision of a state government proposal intended to reform local government, the boundaries of Kwinana, Melville and Fremantle will be extended to include East Fremantle and Cockburn. The proposal, which has been hotly debated, was announced by Minister for Local Government Tony Simpson.
According to Dr Brad Pettitt, Mayor of Fremantle, the proposal is meant to increase the efficiency of local government and make it better able to serve the growing population of the Perth metropolitan area, not only now but later, when expected population increases create higher demand for services.
Pettitt feels that the boundary proposal, as currently written, does a great job of putting communities with similar profiles into the same councils and creating central hubs out of major activity centres. Pettitt is particularly optimistic for the future prospects of Fremantle, East Fremantle, Cockburn, Melville and Kwinana.
Carol Adams, Mayor of the City of Kwinana, feels the boundaries are “logical” and that the allocation of revenues will ensure that every council will be “financially robust.”
Mayor Adams also feels that the new boundaries will help the councils be more able to serve their respective communities and that access to crucial services will be increased for everyone in the southern suburbs. According to Mayor Adams, the cities of Kwinana, East Fremantle, Fremantle and Melville will cooperate and share information concerning capital works projects, financial models and community programs.
Russell Aubrey, Mayor of the City of Melville, feels that the reform is an opportunity for the councils of the affected cities to work together and ensure that
everyone has equal access to all services, both during and after the transition.
Mayor Aubrey feels that the success of the plan will ultimately be judged by the ability of the councils to deliver capital works projects and community services to their residents. The Cities of Kwinana, Melville and Fremantle are all on record as being in favour of the new boundaries.
What We Think
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