Su­bi­aco won’t push bound­aries

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By LISA THOMAS

THE City of Su­bi­aco has gone against an of­fi­cer’s rec­om­men­da­tion and the com­mu­nity to re­ject ad­just­ing bound­aries of its wards and re­duce the num­ber of coun­cil­lors from 11 to eight in the Oc­to­ber 2017 Lo­cal Govern­ment Elec­tion.

The coun­cil voted 8-3 in­stead for an al­ter­nate rec­om­men­da­tion to re­draw the bound­aries of the cur­rent four wards and to in­crease the num­ber of coun­cil­lors from 11 to 12.

The pro­posal went out for pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion ear­lier this year, with 83 per cent of the 111 sub­mis­sions re­ceived sup­port­ing a four-ward struc­ture and re­duc­ing the amount of coun­cil­lors to eight.

Coun­cil will now make a pro­posal to the Lo­cal Govern­ment Ad­vi­sory Board on its de­ci­sion.

Coun­cil­lor Stephanie Stroud sup­ported the of­fi­cer’s rec­om­men­da­tion and said if the coun­cil did not lis­ten to the com­mu­nity, it would be a “slap in the face”.

“We need to bite the bul­let and go down to eight, and yes it means the con­test will be on be­tween coun­cil­lors,” she said.

“We’ve cut back 31 staff and yet 12 of us still sit here ar­gu­ing around the ta­ble; we need to show lead­er­ship.

“If we don’t lis­ten it’s go­ing to put out a mes­sage to the com­mu­nity of why even bother re­ply­ing to sur­veys.”

Cr Mur­ray Rowe voted against the rec­om­men­da­tion and said the coun­cil num­bers were needed for di­ver­sity.

“It’s dif­fi­cult to make de­ci­sions in coun­cil and when two peo­ple are away it’s even more dif­fi­cult,” he said.

“Our strate­gic po­si­tion is vi­tal; it’s im­por­tant that we have di­ver­sity of ex­pe­ri­ence and po­si­tions on coun­cil.”

Cr Hugh Richard­son said he was con­cerned if coun­cil ig­nored the con­sul­ta­tion it would harm its rep­u­ta­tion.

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