‘Cat out of the bag’ on mergers
The WA Nationals say the latest “thought bubble” from Alannah MacTiernan reveals a Labor council amalgamation agenda.
Nationals local government spokesman Shane Love said regional voters were “blindsided” by comments from Regional Development Minister Ms MacTiernan last week saying country mergers should be considered because some regional councils lacked the skills to manage major projects.
The talk was quickly shut down by Local Government Minister David Templeman, who said Labor had gone to the election with a nomergers promise.
“But that doesn’t mean we don’t encourage councils to talk to each other and discuss joint resource sharing and processes where there can be some co-operation between councils, and I would encourage that,” he said.
Mr Love said Ms MacTiernan’s comments showed “the cat was now out of the bag”.
“Once the minister sets her sight on something she will relentlessly pursue it in spite of the advice and feedback from regional constituents,” he said.
Party leader Mia Davies said feedback from around the State was that the regional development minister had a tin ear.