Last chance to comment on future of Cambridge
The Local Government Advisory Board (LGAB) is calling for public comment on all proposals it has received in response to the State Government's proposed changes to local government boundaries.
In October 2013, Cambridge submitted its preferred proposal, Proposal 17.
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".
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.
This public comment period is the last chance for the community to make a submission on the future of Cambridge, with the government expected to hand down its final decision on amalgamation in August 2014.
To express your views, it is important to submit comments by Wednesday, 12 March 2014 to allow the Town to collate the responses and forward them to the Local Government Advisory Board.
Support the Town of Cambridge Plan (Proposal 17) by completing the online form below.
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 are:
- 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
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!
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.
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: 05/03/2014