Thousands petition for Proposal 17

The Local Government Advisory Board (LGAB) recently called for public comment on all proposals it had received in response to the State Government's proposed changes to local government boundaries.  This included the Town's preferred Proposal 17.

This public comment period was the last chance for the community to have their say on the future of Cambridge, with the government expected to hand down its final decision on amalgamation in August 2014.

During the LGAB public comment period the Town sent a postcard petition to all Cambridge ratepayers seeking their support for Proposal 17.  Returned postcards plus online submissions were tallied and sent to the LGAB in time for the 13 March 2014 deadline for submissions.

By the time public submissions closed on 13 March 2014 the Town had received 2,387 petitions supporting Proposal 17 - 1,833 via the postcard petition and 554 online.  A breakdown of the suburbs from which respondents live is contained in the table below:  

Suburb

Postcard Responses

Online Responses

TOTAL

Wembley

               496

         142

                  638

City Beach

               490

         106

                  596

Floreat

               453

         110

                  563

West Leederville

               240

           50

                  290

Mt Claremont

                 23

             1

                    24

Jolimont

                 13

             1

                    14

Wembley Downs

                 12

           86

                    98

Woodlands

                   1

           10

                    11

Churchlands

                   6

           31

                    37

Subiaco

                   6

             1

                      7

No address supplied

                 28

             5

                    33

Various*

                 65

           11

                    76

TOTAL

            1,833

         554

               2,387

 *Responses received from residents across numerous separate locations

We also received 140 comments from residents who do not agree with Proposal 17.  A summary of their preferences is provided in the table below:

Preference

Postcard and Online Responses

Prefer State's G7 Model (12/2013)

           23

Prefer Independence

           48

Miscellaneous comments

           69

TOTAL

         140

 

Following the close of the submission period we have continued to receive a steady flow of petitions supporting Proposal 17.

The LGAB will now consider all submissions before making their recommendation to the State Government in June/July this year.

The State Government is expected to hand down its final decision on amalgamation in August 2014, with new councils to become operational from 1 July 2015.

The Town of Cambridge wishes to take this opportunity to thank everyone who supported Proposal 17.

 

Town's proposal for Local Government Reform

In October 2013, Cambridge submitted its preferred proposal, Proposal 17, to the LGAB

This model would see the creation of two councils in the western suburbs, with Cambridge merging with the City of Subiaco and include the suburbs of Wembley Downs, Churchlands, part of Woodlands and those parts of Wembley and Floreat, not currently in Cambridge.

It's proposed the new council would be known as "Subiaco".

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  Read the Town's October 2013 - Boundary Change Proposal (Proposal 17)

Select the image below to view a map of the Town's proposed plan.

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Independent Survey supports Proposal 17

 In February 2014 the Town commissioned an independent telephone survey of residents to determine how the community viewed the proposed mergers.

The results of the survey indicated:

    

  70% of the community supported the Town remaining independent;

 

If the Town cannot remain independent the results indicated:

 

    75% of residents support the Town merging with the City of Subiaco;

 

    16% of residents supported the one western suburbs (G7) merger; and

 

    9% of residents are unsure

 

 

About Proposal 17

Proposal 17 was made in response to the State Government's July 2013 announcement of their preferred model, which was to reduce the number of Perth metropolitan councils from 30 to 14. 

The State's model included merging Cambridge with the six western suburbs councils of Claremont, Cottesloe, Mosman Park, Nedlands, Peppermint Grove and Subiaco (known as the "G7" proposal).

This new council would have a population of more than 110,000.

The Town believes the proposed new "mega" western suburbs council is too large and a more modest merger in the western suburbs is more appropriate. 

Proposal 17 in brief

What we propose and why

The Town of Cambridge proposes a two council model as an alternative to the State Government's plan to merge the seven western suburbs into one.  We believe the Government's model goes far beyond community expectations and will lead to significant disconnection between the community and its council. 

None of us wants to undertake a restructuring of this size, but the Government is setting the agenda and we must strive to get the best outcome for our community that is achievable given the current circumstances.

Our proposal for change

  • We've  recognised the need for change

Cambridge Council recognises that, realistically, we can not remain independent.  The State's plan for local government affects all but three metropolitan councils and we cannot expect to remain untouched when much larger councils will be merged with their neighbours.  We also recognise that if we oppose the current 7-into-1 council proposal, without putting forward a credible alternative, we will be inviting legislation to force it on us.  This would not be in the best interests of our residents!

  • We've identified a natural boundary

Looking at the proposed 7-into-1 council we have identified a natural boundary that divides the western suburbs.  A massive green belt separates the northern and southern 'western suburbs'.  The major town centres are clearly Subiaco to the north and Claremont to the south.  The suburbs north of the natural divide have many lakes and inner urban areas.  The suburbs south are heavily focused on activity around Stirling Highway and have an extensive river frontage.

  • We're proposing a better plan!

The Town of Cambridge has invited the City of Subiaco to consider putting forward a proposal to the State Government for the two of us to join together, with the suburbs of Wembley Downs, Churchlands and parts of Woodlands to create a new council that would be called 'Subiaco'.

This council would be larger than the councils are residents are used to and its size will bring some compromises, but it will be a good council. with logical boundaries, bringing together excellent facilities and adjoining communities.

A full page advertisement publicising the Town's two council solution appeared in 7 September 2013 edition of the Post Newspaper.

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Last Updated: 07/04/2014