Council numbers focus of review
ABOLISHING wards is among options councils such as the cities of Subiaco and Rockingham and towns of Cottesloe and Cambridge are asking their ratepayers to consider during a ward and representation review.
The cities of Stirling and Fremantle are suggesting changes to ward boundaries.
Local governments that operate with wards have to review their ward boundaries and councillor representation every eight years.
The City of Perth Act 2016 triggered the last review for Subiaco two years ago and the City has released its latest review for public comment until November 6, with five options:
■ Option 1 – No wards (6, 8, 10 or 12 councillors and mayor);
■ Option 2A – Two wards (East-west) - 8 or 12 councillors and mayor;
■ Option 2B – Two wards (North-south) - 8 or 12 councillors and mayor;
■ Option 3 – Three wards – 6 or 12 councillors and mayor;
■ Option 4 – Four wards – 8 or 12 councillors and mayor.
Subiaco Mayor Penny Taylor said the review was about the future structure of the Subiaco Council to ensure it was equitable.
“The community wants Council to do its job: listen to all and make discerning decisions,” she said.
“By participating in the review you can give feedback on the structure that you think will best represent your interests and allow for good governance and decision making.”
Visit www.haveyoursay.subiaco.wa.gov.au/war dreview.
Cottesloe has released its review for public comment, asking for feedback on keeping four wards, eight councillors and a directly elected mayor, or no wards with eight councillors and a directly elected mayor.
A third option is no wards with six councillors and an elected mayor and the fourth is three wards with six councillors and an elected mayor.
Residents have until November 21 to comment at www.cottesloe.wa.gov.au.
Stirling has presented four options to its ratepayers:
■ Option 1a – Current ward structure with minor realignment of the boundary between Doubleview and Hamersley wards;
■ Option 1b – Current ward structure with minor realignment of the boundary between the Coastal, Doubleview and Hamersley wards;
■ Option 1c – Current ward structure with minor realignment of the boundary between the Coastal, Doubleview, Hamersley and Osborne wards;
■ Option 2 – Four ward structure.
Make a submission at www.yoursay.stirling.wa.g ov.au/wardreview by November 2.
Comments on Fremantle’s review close on November 16. Its options include maintaining the status quo pending population increases triggered by upcoming development in the City, adjusting the boundary between Beaconsfield and Hilton wards to address the Local Government Advisory Board’s preferred deviation percentage and holding a comprehensive review and reconfiguration of all boundaries.
Some councils such as the Town of Bassendean, Shire of Murray and cities of Bayswater, Cockburn, Joondalup, Wanneroo, Gosnells and Armadale have held reviews and in some cases made changes.