Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion -

ON more than one oc­ca­sion, I’ve crit­i­cised west­ern sub­urbs coun­cils for for­mal­is­ing their de­sire to re­main in­de­pen­dent rather than com­pro­mis­ing with the State Gov­ern­ment’s re­form pro­posal. I lam­basted the City of Subiaco and Town of Clare­mont in par­tic­u­lar for think­ing they would sur­vive the process in­tact. But it looks like I’ll be writ­ing with tail be­tween my legs. Pre­mier Colin Bar­nett is ex­pected to con­cede de­feat over his amal­ga­ma­tion rec­om­men­da­tions to­day. If this hap­pens, may­ors all over Perth are likely to fall in an ex­hausted heap. For the past seven years I’ve been with this news­pa­per, we’ve writ­ten about coun­cil amal­ga­ma­tions. How they did or didn’t work in other states, the poor cousins no one wanted to amal­ga­mate with, the Dadour Amend­ment, the cost of re­form, the list goes on. How­ever, in one swift poll in af­fected sub­urbs in­clud­ing South Perth and Vic­to­ria Park, it all came to an end. I reckon we can ex­pect a re­prieve on lo­cal gov­ern­ment re­form across WA for a few decades to come.

Denise S. Cahill - Edi­tor

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