Clare­mont in fees re­volt

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion - By JON BAS­SETT

A RES­O­LU­TION by Clare­mont Coun­cil on whether to pay $27,000 in out­stand­ing mem­ber­ship fees to the WA Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment As­so­ci­a­tion will de­pend on fu­ture decision mak­ing by the WALGA State Coun­cil.

In Au­gust, Clare­mont coun­cil­lors voted to with­hold the fees if the State Coun­cil did not in­cor­po­rate a mo­tion pro­posed at the WALGA AGM.

The mo­tion called for coun­cils to de­cide whether a pro­posed change to lo­cal bound­aries was sig­nif­i­cant enough to trig­ger Dadour pro­vi­sions, which then en­able res­i­dents to vote on pro­posed merg­ers or re­form.

Clare­mont Mayor Jock Barker said fu­ture WALGA de­ci­sions must re­flect that mo­tion.

“Should the State Coun­cil not meet the re­quire­ments of the mo­tion we passed, then clearly we will not pay WALGA,” he said.

At its AGM, WALGA pro­posed that changes to 50 per cent of bor­ders, rates or ratepayer num­bers be con­sid­ered sig­nif­i­cant. But some coun­cils feared that WALGA lead­ers al­tered the in­tent of the mo­tion at a State Coun­cil meet­ing on Septem­ber 3. The re­quest that all coun­cils de­cide what con­sti­tuted “sig­nif­i­cant change” was noted, be­fore it was de­cided that more talks be held about how much a coun­cil needed to be al­tered be­fore a vote was needed.

WALGA will con­tinue to ask the Gov­ern­ment to pro­vide fund­ing for merg­ers above the cur­rent $60 mil­lion in grants and loans.

Clare­mont coun­cil­lor Bruce Haynes is analysing the State Coun­cil mo­tions and said he did not agree the process WALGA adopted was a lit­eral in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the AGM mo­tion but that it may have the same ef­fect.

Mayor Jock Barker.

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