Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Opinion -

I HAVE been very sur­prised that amidst all the re­cent de­bate about coun­cil amal­ga­ma­tions there has been no men­tion at all of the fact that in the early ‘90s we went through this whole process in re­verse when the Perth City coun­cil was carved up to cre­ate the present ar­ray of lo­cal coun­cils.

The ar­gu­ment at the time was that it would be much more ef­fi­cient and ef­fec­tive. In fact, if mem­ory serves, Colin Bar­nett was in gov­ern­ment at that time as well.

I would have thought that if it re­ally is more ef­fi­cient to amal­ga­mate the coun­cils then the data ought to be there to prove it.

You just need to have a look at the cost com­par­i­son be­tween the old Perth City coun­cil ver­sus the present smaller coun­cils. MARK BALLES­TEROS, Floreat.

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