Anal­y­sis doesn’t sup­port coun­cil­lor num­bers

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion -

WE read your ar­ti­cle, “Su­bi­aco won’t push bound­aries”, (WSW, Novem­ber 29), with in­ter­est.

Coun­cil­lors vote to keep their jobs. Who would have thought it?

Hav­ing 12 white, late-mid­dle-aged coun­cil­lors is a sure way to achieve di­ver­sity (irony in­tended).

We wrote a sub­mis­sion on the is­sue of wards and coun­cil­lors, which re­ceived a “robo re­ply” from City of Su­bi­aco and oth­er­wise noth­ing.

Our very sim­ple anal­y­sis, which is a com­par­i­son be­tween Su­bi­aco coun­cil and the Leg­isla­tive As­sem­bly of WA, on the ba­sis of ge­o­graph­i­cal area, num­ber of con­stituents served, ex­tent of re­spon­si­bil­ity and price per head, is not flat­ter­ing to the City of Su­bi­aco and would not seem to jus­tify 12 coun­cil­lors and mayor, even with the ‘di­ver­sity’ el­e­ment thrown in.

Richard and Stephanie Bars­den, Su­bi­aco.

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