Riversea heads for watery grave
THE future of the City of Riversea (G5) ranged from non-existent to the unknowable after Premier Colin Barnett surrendered to residents’ polls that trounced other mergers last week.
“Therefore, the City of Riversea is a non-event,” Peppermint Grove chief executive John Merrick said.
Peppermint Grove’s population of about 1600 was was regarded as most likely to get a 50 per cent voter turnout to scupper a G5 amalgamation of Mosman Park, Cottesloe, Claremont and Nedlands.
Residents’ polls on February 7 rejected East Fremantle, Cockburn and South Perth mergers, prompting Mr Barnett to walk way from the merger process and creating uncertain futures for the G5 and a Cambridge-Subiaco merger already under Governor’s Orders.
“The whole thing is unclear, even reversing the Governor’s Orders, the whole of it. It’s very frustrating,” Cottesloe Mayor Jo Dawkins said.
Mrs Dawkins said her council had not made decisions since the Government rejected the G5 and the on-going lack of information meant there had been no discussion among G5 mayors about Mr Barnett on ABC Radio mooting greater future Government control of planning and waste disposal and potentially a new Local Government Act.
WA Local Government Association president Troy Pickard said while the uncertainty caused by Mr Barnett last week was still “too raw”, local government could welcome a review of the Act as long as the Government intended “meaningful dialogue”.
Giving more power, and not taking away councils’ responsibilities, could be used as an incentive to create larger councils.