ONE POLL ENDS THE CLAMOUR
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