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.