‘Re­as­sured’ by re­vo­ca­tion

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

RE­VO­CA­TION of Gover­nor’s or­ders to abol­ish the City of Subiaco and cre­ate a new Subiaco-Cam­bridge coun­cil was pub­lished in the fi­nal edi­tion of the Metropoli­tan Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Re­form Up­date last Fri­day.

Subiaco chief ex­ec­u­tive Ian Hill said the re­vo­ca­tion en­abled staff to pre­pare a post-re­form re­port for the coun­cil and “wrap up this chap­ter” in Subiaco’s his­tory.

“This is the trig­ger for us to re­port back to the coun­cil in the con­text of hope­fully fi­nal­is­ing the whole legal ap­peal sit­u­a­tion,” Mr Hill said.

Mayor Heather Hen­der­son said she was “very re­as­sured” that Gover­nor Kerry San­der­son’s or­ders had been re­voked.

“We may have a late item to com­plete the post-re­form process at coun­cil next week, or pos­si­bly a spe­cial coun­cil meet­ing af­ter that,” Mrs Hen­der­son said. “They (State Gov­ern­ment) are now pur­su­ing the cap­i­tal cities City of Perth Act, so we now have to watch that one and see where it’s go­ing.”

THE re­vo­ca­tion of Gover­nor’s Or­ders that would have com­bined Subiaco and Cam­bridge in to one coun­cil was an an­ti­cli­max last week. The process was an­nounced in what will be the last Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Re­form email up­date from the State Gov­ern­ment. A year ago, I would have ex­pected this an­nounce­ment to be front-page news. Re­form is of­fi­cially dead. But is it? Spec­u­la­tion con­tin­ues about the fu­ture of the City of Perth Act that will in­flu­ence a mooted City of Ri­versea in the west­ern sub­urbs. And then there’s the pos­si­bil­ity a fu­ture gov­ern­ment could re­visit coun­cil amal­ga­ma­tions. Pre­mier Colin Bar­nett’s an­nounce­ment a few weeks ago that the re­form process was over left me emo­tion­less. Some coun­cils (like Vin­cent) were cel­e­brat­ing, oth­ers such as Cam­bridge saw it as a lost op­por­tu­nity and sev­eral river­side coun­cils in the west­ern sub­urbs were left scratch­ing their heads. I’m not throw­ing away my notes on this is­sue; it will con­tinue to rear its ugly head.

Denise S. Cahill - Edi­tor

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