Claremont in fees revolt
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.