Ward structure at stalemate
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.