Ward struc­ture at stale­mate

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - Vic­to­ria Ri­fici

THE City of Subiaco has failed to make a de­ci­sion about the fu­ture struc­ture of coun­cil wards and rep­re­sen­ta­tion.

Coun­cil­lors voted against an of­fi­cer’s rec­om­men­da­tion at a coun­cil meet­ing on Tues­day to re­tain four wards and re­duce coun­cil­lors from 11 to eight, but did not agree on an al­ter­na­tive mo­tion.

Subiaco res­i­dent Narissa Perks told the coun­cil she was dis­ap­pointed in the rec­om­men­da­tion.

“The pro­posal to vote in favour of a res­o­lu­tion is con­trary to the over­whelm­ing pref­er­ence of sub­mis­sions re­ceived to have a three-ward coun­cil with 12 coun­cil­lors,” she said.

Dur­ing pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion on the City’s ward and rep­re­sen­ta­tion dis­cus­sion pa­per, 328 sub­mis­sions were re­ceived, with most peo­ple sup­port­ing an op­tion with three wards and 12 coun­cil­lors plus mayor.

The sec­ond most pop­u­lar op­tion was no wards, while hav­ing two wards was the least favoured op­tion. The re­jected of­fi­cer rec­om­men­da­tion was the third most pop­u­lar op­tion dur­ing pub­lic com­ment.

Coun­cil­lor Jodi Mans­field said she be­lieved the of­fi­cer rec­om­men­da­tion pro­vided a good rep­re­sen­ta­tion of coun­cil­lor and elec­tor ra­tio lev­els.

“It’s what peo­ple wanted and in 2016 we asked them what they wanted and 83 per cent wanted (it) re- duced to eight,” she said.

Cr Mcmullen voted against the of­fi­cer rec­om­men­da­tion so he could move his al­ter­na­tive mo­tion of a three-ward struc­ture and in­crease the num­ber of coun­cil­lors to 12, but it was even­tu­ally lost.

Cr Mur­ray Rowe sug­gested a sec­ond al­ter­na­tive mo­tion to ap­prove a twoward struc­ture and re­duce the num­ber of coun­cil­lors to 10, as it would re­ceive a “tick” from the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Ad­vi­sory Board.

How­ever, Cr Julie Mathe­son asked the coun­cil to move on to the next agenda item and not con­sider Cr Rowe’s mo­tion.

The City is due to sub­mit a pro­posal to the ad­vi­sory board by Jan­uary 31, 2019.

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