So Yesterday Tony Simpson broke his silence on what’s happening on the merger of council’s.
“WA Treasurer Mike Nahan “has told a constituent the State Government will formally abandon its council merger process by revoking Governor’s Orders mandating boundary changes.”
The Premier has promised the Council merger details are imminent it’s reported that the Premier hinted we should here today what going on?
But it seems local government reform has not gone away it’s just on the back burner for the moment.
Further LG Minister Tony Simpson said he is still talking about voluntary amalgamations and has offered no timeline on the withdrawal of governor’s order in regards to boundary change? The question now is what do they mean by voluntary are they referring to Council or the electors, is the door still open for councils to go against the will of the electors/residents and do some dodgy back room deal? “The Premier said there’s no forced amalgamations, again is he referring to the voters or the council?
Reported in the ABC, LG Minister Tony Simpson said “He said he remained open to ideas from any councils still interested in pursuing mergers on a case-by-case basis.
“It’s a voluntary process. I’ll have to wait and see to meet with those local governments,” Mr Simpson said.
“Give them the opportunity and offer them that process, and if they need more time, if they’d like to leave it on the table for longer, I’m open to all suggestions about how we move forward.”
So is this an invitation for councils to go around the wishes of their electors and just drive home their own personal agendas by backdoooring the voters? Could Fremantle and East Fremantle councils just do a deal with Simpson on the side?
Interesting times ahead to see where this ends up, a few egos have been crushed in this exercise already will the electors get a backlash from it? It would be interesting to be a fly on the wall of these meetings with Mayors, Ceo’s and the LG Minister.