Metropolitan Local Government Reform July 2013

Metropolitan Local Government
Reform July 2013
Tony Simpson
Minister for Local Government
• Four years ago, Government asked local
governments to consider voluntary
• Little change in local government
boundaries or structure for more than
100 years.
• New boundaries take into account
population growth to 2026.
Robson report
Too many councils (30) in metro Perth
Duplication and wasted resources
Different approaches to planning
Different councils offer different levels of
Actions since March
• Department of Local Government reviewed
feedback to Robson report
• Minister met with Mayors/CEOs in groups
• Minister met individually with Mayors/CEOs
• Met with WALGA, LGMA and other groups
• Met with Ministerial colleagues
• Now ready to announce preferred model
Why 14?
– Stronger financially sustainable model
– Cope with population growth
– Communities of interest
– Built and natural features
Our preferred model
• Wanneroo, Joondalup and Rockingham
remain unchanged
• Boundary changes for City of Perth, and City
of Stirling
• Vincent residents become ratepayers of either
Stirling or Perth
• Nine new local governments are formed
through amalgamations.
Expanded City of Perth
• All the iconic attractions into City of Perth
o New stadium
o Crown complex
o Kings Park
The University of WA
QEII Hospital
Leederville café strip
• Grows from 782 hectares to 1893 hectares
• Focus on commercial rather than residential
City of Perth map
City of Stirling
• Adds residential part of Vincent (Mt Hawthorn
and North Perth)
• Population 205,000 (225,000 by 2026)
• Already financially strong and sustainable
• No longer includes Churchlands or Wembley
City of Stirling
City of Vincent
• Vincent remains the same until July 2015, then the
residential part goes to Stirling and commercial part
to City of Perth.
• Our capital city is growing to the north and it makes
sense to include the commercial areas of Vincent
into the City of Perth.
• Commend staff of Vincent for the great work they
have done and reassure them that jobs will be found
for them at Stirling and Perth.
• No reflection on their dedication.
A new western suburbs council
• Commercial focus on Claremont and Subiaco
• Population 113,000 (124,000 by 2026)
• Swan River, Stirling Highway, coast
Peppermint Grove
Mosman Park
• Addition of Churchlands, Wembley Downs, part of
Woodlands and residential part of North Fremantle
Western suburbs
Merge Mundaring and Swan
• Create eastern hills local government based
on the strategic centre of Midland
• Population 157,000 (218,000 by 2026)
• Swan Valley, Guildford, Mundaring
Mundaring Swan
Merge Armadale with Serpentine
• South eastern council Armadale plus
Serpentine Jarrahdale
• Population 89,000 (132,000 by 2026)
• High growth area, need for infrastructure
• Coordinated approach to bushfire
Armadale Serpentine Jarrahdale
Merge Cockburn and Kwinana
Population 132,000 (183,000 by 2026)
Western Trade Coast
Kwinana Industrial Area
Australian Marine Complex
Jandakot Airport
Coast and environs
Cockburn Kwinana
Merge Melville, Fremantle, East
• Population 157,000 (164,000 by 2026)
– Fremantle
– East Fremantle
Rottnest Island
• Focus on port city and Swan/Canning Rivers
• Strengthen the local government to cater for
international and national visitors to Fremantle
• Preserve its history
• Expanded east to add Rossmoyne, Shelley and parts
of Riverton and Willeton
• Fiona Stanley Hospital, Murdoch Uni, Garden City
Melville, Fremantle, East Fremantle
Merge Canning Gosnells
Some boundary adjustments
Population 184,000 (215,000 by 2026)
Focus on Cannington
Industrial areas Canning Vale, Welshpool
Housing stock, commercial development
Canning Gosnells
Merge Bassendean Bayswater
Population 109,000 (110,000 by 2026)
Focus on Morley
Addition of areas of the City of Stirling
Logical boundaries – Alexander Drive to the west
Reid Highway to the north
• All of Noranda into new local government area from
Bassendean Bayswater
Merge Belmont Kalamunda
City of Belmont, plus Shire of Kalamunda
Population 97,000 (104,000)
All of Perth Airport
New boundary of Orrong Rd
Belmont Kalamunda
Merge South Perth Victoria Park
• Merge City of South Perth and Town of
Victoria Park
• Population 88,000 (100,000)
• Residential areas of Burswood peninsula
• Parts of St James and Bentley from Canning
South Perth
Victoria Park
Poll provisions
• Suspend poll provisions for metro reform
• This means they cannot be used in metropolitan
Where to from here?
• Digest this news. Big changes for you, your organisation, your
• Brief your staff and Councillors. Use
• A copy of this powerpoint and other information will be on
the web very shortly
Invitation to view large maps
• Morning tea
• Premier and Minister to brief the media
quickly. This will inform your staff and
• Premier on tight time schedule, needs to
leave soon
• Minister will return to explain roll-out of
reform process
Morning tea
Response to Robson report
• Supported:
– Councils take leadership role
– State Government support
– Improved coordination
– Best practice community engagement
– Periodic boundary reviews
– Elected member training and allowances
Other Robson recommendations
• Supported for future action:
– Waste management
– Shared vision for Perth
– Forum of Mayors
Other Robson recommendations
• Not supported:
– Any changes to elections, selection of Mayor,
voting or length of terms for elected members
– A Local Government Commission
– Changes to rating payments, or disallowing UV
– Add two more members to widen representation
– New powers to consider multiple proposals in a
strategic context
• Local Government Standards Panel – not having to
deal with trivial complaints about Councillors
• 26 Aug to 4 Oct – you lodge merger proposals with LGAB
– Contact Department for advice at any time, including
minor boundary changes.
– Department officers to visit you during August
• After 4 Oct, if you have not lodged a merger proposal,
Minister will do so.
– If your merger proposal does not fit with Government’s
preferred model, Minister may put forward a counter
proposal to LGAB
• $200,000 upfront to: each merging group
» Collect data
» Develop proposal to LGAB
» Form a governance and management structure
Further funding to be announced later
Metropolitan Reform
Implementation Committee
• A committee set up to drive the implementation and monitor
• Chaired by Jennifer Mathews, from Department of Local
Government and Communities
• Minister to invite one Mayor or Councillor from each of the
amalgamating groups of local governments to join
• WALGA and LGMA representatives too.
• Local governments to set up their own Local Implementation
Committees to oversee the detail of amalgamation planning
and implementation
1 July 2015
• New local governments come into being
• Commissioners in place from this date
• Merging local governments can elect to install
Commissioner earlier to guide process
• Minister can appoint Commissioners earlier in
certain areas if no progress being made
• Elections in October 2015
Staff guarantee
• Council staff have a two-year guarantee of
jobs from July 2015.
• It’s up to the new councils to decide how
many people they will want long-term.
• Some staff may be eligible for a payout. This
will be capped to 12 months.
Any questions?
Department of Local Government
Tel: 08 6551 8700

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