Alternatve boundary submission lodged!
In late July 2013 the State Government announced plans to reduce the number of local councils in the Perth metopolitan area from 30 to 14, with the new merged councils to commence operations on 1 July 2015.
Under the plan, local governments were given until 4 October 2013 to lodge submissions with the Local Government Advisory Board, that were in line with the State's proposal.
On 4 October 2013, in line with the State's deadline, the Town of Cambridge lodged an alternate boundary proposal submission with the Local Government Advisory Board.
View the Town's Cambridge / Subiaco Boundary Proposal submission here.
An overview of the submission is below.
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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The process of local government reform in Western Australia startedn February 2009 when then Local Government Minister John Castrilli announced strategies for local government reform and invited the139 councils within WA to embrace the opportunity to voluntarily amalgamate.
Follow the timeline below for major milestones in the reform process.
The Town of Cambridge lodges a reform submission to the Local Government Advisory Board - the Cambridge / Subiaco Boundary Proposal.
Cambridge Council, at a special meeting held on 1 October 2013, agreed that:
(i) the Council's decision made on 13 August 2013 to reject the State Government's merger proposal for the seven western suburbs councils to be combined into one local government be reaffirmed;
(ii) the Town of Cambridge being an affected local government within the meaning of Schedule 2.1 of the Local Government Act 1995 (LGA), resolves to submit a proposal to the Local Government Advisory Board, pursuant to clause 2(1) of Schedule 2.1 of the LGA, that orders be made by the Governor under Section 2.1 of the LGA which would:
(a) abolish the district of the City of Subiaco;
(b) vary the boundary of the district of the Town of Cambridge so as to include within it the area of the former district of the City of Subiaco with the exception of the suburbs of Nedlands and Crawley which are to be incorporated in the City of Nedlands or any successor of that local government;
(c) vary the boundary of the district of the Town of Cambridge as so constituted, so as to include within it the areas of the district of the City of Nedlands which includes parts of the suburbs of Floreat, Shenton Park, Mt Claremont and Swanbourne; and
(d) further vary the boundary between the district of the Town of Cambridge, as so constituted, so as to include within it the areas of the district of the City of Stirling which include the suburbs of Wembley Downs, Churchlands, Herdsman and parts of Woodlands and Wembley;
in accordance with the attached plan illustrating the proposed changes.
(iii) the district of Town of Cambridge, as so constituted outlined in (ii) above, have the corporate name 'City of Subiaco' under Section 2.5 of the Local Government Act.
Read the full Council Minutes here.
Following the State Government's July 2013 announcement that it proposes to merge the seven western suburbs councils (Cambridge, Subiaco, Claremont, Mosman Park, Cottesloe, Peppermint Grove and Nedlands) into one council, Cambridge Council convened a special meeting of Council on 13 August where it decided:
(i) the State Government's merger proposal for the seven western suburbs councils be combined into one local government be rejected;
(ii) the City of Subiaco be invited to discuss the possibility of creating a single council incorporating
(a) City of Subiaco;
(b) Town of Cambridge; and
(c) that part of the City of Stirling as proposed in the State Government's merger proposal,
as part of a two council solution in the western suburbs.
Read the full Council Minutes here.
State Government announce their proposal to reduce the number of Perth metropolitan council from 30 to 14, with new councils to begin operations from 1 July 2015.
Under the State's proposal the Town of Cambridge would be merged with the six western suburbs councils of Claremont, Cottesloe, Mosman Park, Nedlands, Peppermint Grove and Subiaco. Other areas would also be added to make up this new mega council, including, to the north, the suburbs of Wembley Downs and Churchlands and part of Woodlands and, to the south, the residential part of North Fremantle.
Local governments have until 4 October 2013 to respond to the State's proposal, by lodging with the Local Government Advisory Board (LGAB) 'boundary merger proposals consistent with the Government's plan.'
More information is available on the Department of Local Government and Communities website.
The Town of Cambridge lodges a Boundary Change Proposal to the Local Government Advisory Board.
The Town of Cambridge Council will consider at its 18 December meeting report CR12.198 Metropolitan Local Government Review - Final Report.
CR12.198 - Metropolitan Local Government Review - Final Report
CR12.198 - Attachment 1 - Alternative Plan of the proposed Council boundaries in the Western Suburbs
CR12.198 - Attachment 2 - Draft response to the recommendations of the MLGR
A full page advertisement publicising the boundaries as recommended by the Town of Cambridge appeared in 15 December 2012 edition of the Post Newspaper.
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Independent Metropolitan Local Government Review Panel present the final report to Local Government Minister John Castrilli.
Independent Metropolitan Local Government Review Panel release Draft Findings Report.
The Town was disappointed with the Draft Findings which appeared to have ignored input from the Town.
The Town provides a submission to the Metropolitan Local Government Review Panel's Issues Paper.
Metropolitan Local Government Review: Response to Issues Paper
The Town's submission is based on:
- A building block approach to the implementation of the long term structure of local government in Perth with Councils growing from a minimum of 30,000 population to 50,000 in the longer term.
- Central Business District Authority to manage and fund the major initiatives in the central business district (CBD).
- No major shift in responsibilities between state and local government except waste disposal.
- Community of interest, not shopping centres, should determine the form of local government.
- Governance and decision making is not necessarily any more capable in larger councils.
- Boundary expansion proposal for the Town of Cambridge boundary to achieve a population of 40,000 immediately and in our region three councils be created with one council centre at Subiaco, another at Claremont and the third at Cambridge.
The Metropolitan Local Government Review Panel releases for comment an Issues Paper upon which local governments are invited to make submissions.
Local Government Minister John Castrilli appoints the independent Metropolitan Local Government Review Panel (led by Professor Alan Robson) to undertake a review of Perth metropolitan local government and broader governance structures and to examine the social, economic and environmental challenges facing metropolitan Perth.
Town of Cambridge Council approves its Local Government Reform Submission and delivers it to the Minister for Local Government.
Local Government Reform Submission 2009 (7MB)
Read a summary of Town's Local Government Reform Submission 2009 below:
The Town doesn't support an amalgamation of Cambridge with any of neighbouring councils; Cambridge is financially sustainable and doesn't need to amalgamate to achieve this. Cambridge works effectively at its current size, however, as the Minister has asked councils to consider their appropriate size Council decided to propose expanding its boundaries to include:
Wembley Downs, Churchlands, part of Woodlands, Herdsman Lake and that part of Wembley now not in the Town from the City of Stirling;
City West 'beak' area in West Perth separated by the freeway and Perth to Fremantle railway line from the City of Perth; and
Hackett estate in Floreat, all of AK Reserve and UWA Sports Park, the commercial area down to Lemnos Street including the Town's depot, and part of the Swanbourne army reserve and beach from the City of Nedlands.
The Town is also proposing to transfer the following areas to neighbouring councils:
part of Daglish south of Hay Street and Jolimont south of Hay Street and east of Jersey Street (49 properties) to the City of Subiaco; and
part of Mt Claremont south of Rochdale Road (100 properties) to the City of Nedlands.
If the proposal is successful the Town's operations are estimated to increase as follows:
population by 50 per cent (12,500) to 38,000 people;
rateable properties by 58 per cent (6,100) to 16,500 properties;
rates revenue by 52 per cent ($8.5 million) to $25 million;
total revenue by 35 per cent ($10.5 million) to $40.5 million; and
total expenses by 27 per cent ($8.2 million) to $39 million.
Town of Cambridge lodges a Local Government Reform Checklist to the Minister for Local Government.
Town of Cambridge Local Government Reform Checklist
From the checklist, Cambridge received the highest possible rating (Category One).
Category One provides "evidence indicates there are existing organisational financial capacity to meet current and future community needs 1..".
This means the Town's operational practices and financial position make it a viable council.
Structural Reform Guidelines are issued by the Department of Local Government Reform Steering Committee providing a timeframe for each council to lodge a Reform Submission to the Minister. This includes completion of a Reform Checklist by 30 April 2009, followed by completion of the Reform Submission to the Minister for Local Government by 30 September 2009.
Structural Reform Guidelines 2009
Local Government Minister John Castrilli announced strategies for local government reform inviting the 139 councils within Western Australian to embrace the opportunity to voluntarily amalgamate.
Read Local Government Minister John Catrilli announcement here.
Last Updated: 07/10/2013