Plans to keep up the merger fight

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Quick News -

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.”

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