At­ten­tion turns back onWes­roc

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By JON BAS­SETT

RES­UR­RECT­ING the West­ern Sub­urbs Re­gional Or­gan­i­sa­tion of Coun­cils (Wes­roc) is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated so more that ser­vices can be shared among the seven coun­cils af­ter the col­lapse of lo­cal gov­ern­ment re­form.

“There was an idea we could bring some of the ser­vices into line with each other, and for Ned­lands, it could share some plan­ning poli­cies with Clare­mont,” Ned­lands Mayor Max Hip­kins said.

Chief ex­ec­u­tives of Ned­lands, Cam­bridge, Cottes­loe, Clare­mont, Pep­per­mint Grove and Mos­man Park coun­cils will in­ves­ti­gate how to make Wes­roc more for­mal, af­ter it was es­tab­lished in 1991 to co-or­di­nate ser­vices, poli­cies and strate­gic plan­ning.

Wes­roc’s role was sub­se­quently sub­verted by merger talks and prepa­ra­tions for amal­ga­ma­tions in the past six years.

The seven coun­cils al­ready share some ser­vices, in­clud­ing rangers, plan­ning and build­ing of­fi­cers, the jointly-funded The Grove li­brary and Shine aged care.

Cottes­loe, Clare­mont, Pep­per­mint Grove, Subiaco and Mos­man Park rub­bish is sent to the coun­cils’ DiCom re­cy­cling plant in Shen­ton Park.

It has been iden­ti­fied that more shar­ing could be done in IT ser­vices, en­vi­ron­men­tal health and rangers.

How­ever, state gov­ern­ments, de­vel­op­ers and builders have pre­vi­ously raised con­cerns about the lack of plan­ning and build­ing rules be­tween Wes­roc coun­cils.

May­ors dis­cussed this is­sue at a meet­ing last Thurs­day.

The Gov­ern­ment flagged the pos­si­bil­ity of coun­cils in­ves­ti­gat­ing cross-bor­der shar­ing and some fund­ing for ini­tia­tives af­ter polls last month re­jected pro­posed merg­ers across the metropoli­tan area.

Cottes­loe Mayor Jo Dawkins said the Wes­roc ini­tia­tive was not the re­sult of the Gov­ern­ment telling coun­cils to share more ser­vices and in­stead it was be­ing driven by the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s mem­ber coun­cils.

“We all agree it needs to be re­newed,” Ms Dawkins said.

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