Plans to keep up the merger fight
SUBIACO will still appeal its failed Supreme Court action against the State Government, despite the WA Governor making final orders to abolish the City of Subiaco from July 1.
Governor Kerry Sanderson signed off on Local Government Minister Tony Simpson’s recommendation for a merged Subiaco-Cambridge council on December 24.
A spokeswoman for Subiaco chief executive Stephen Tindale said Ms Sanderson’s orders would not influence Subiaco from moving forward with its appeal to prove the Government acted illegally before announcing that 30 metropolitan councils would be cut to 16.
Subiaco signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Town of Cambridge at its first Local Implementation Committee (LIC) meeting for an amalgamated Subiaco-Cambridge council last Tuesday.
Cambridge Mayor Simon Withers said the LIC would discuss “some issues raised by Subiaco” at its next meeting in the first week of February.
Mr Withers would not comment on his neighbouring city’s issues, other than saying Subiaco’s request to revisit having wards in a merged Subiaco-Cambridge council should have been raised six months ago.
“Cambridge submitted a ward structure to the Local Government Advisory Board, which it did not accept,” he said.
“Then Subiaco said it accepted wards, but it’s too late.”