Category Archives: Local Government Reform

Bassendean & Bayswater – A Perfect Match

Perfect Match

For many years the City of Bayswater has pursued the option of merging with Bassendean. This even pre-dated the State government’s local government reform process which was in motion when I was elected in 2011.  Despite the millions spent, it now seems that reform may now be off the State government’s agenda, so I thought I’d do an analysis on whether ratepayers would benefit from reform.
Let’s talk money.

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Is The White Flag For The Amalgamations, Or All Local Government Reform?

white flag

“I’ve failed, I’ve put up the white flag,” the premier told ABC radio today. The big question is whether this white flag relates to the entire local government reform process, or merely the LG’s which were given the right to vote against amalgamations, and duly did so. Continue reading Is The White Flag For The Amalgamations, Or All Local Government Reform?

Dept of Local Govt fail to understand the issues

LG ReformAs anyone with the slightest interest in the local government reform process would know, the abolishment of the ward system has caused great consternation amongst some local governments, elected members and community members. I have written about the importance of a ward system previously. The Department of Local Government has belatedly released a paper on the process to implement the ward system after they were recommended to be abolished by the Local Government Advisory Board.  Continue reading Dept of Local Govt fail to understand the issues

No Wards = Less Power to the People

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The Premier and the Minister for Local Government today announced their response to the Local Government Advisory Board’s (LGAB) recommendations relating to Metropolitan Local Government Reform. There is one aspect which is highly worrying to me, and that is the abolition of the ward system for a number of local governments.  Continue reading No Wards = Less Power to the People