Fremantle Amalgamation Finalized

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Here is a direct quote from the MetroReform DLG bringing to a close the issue of amalgamation for Fremantle for now?

“Metropolitan Local Government Reform Update


Governor’s Orders

Local government boundary changes that were due to take effect on 1 July will not go ahead.

A notice that the Governor’s Orders have been revoked will be published in the Government Gazette on Friday.

The orders are being revoked at the request of Local Government Minister Tony Simpson following meetings with affected metropolitan local governments. The Minister has advised the councils involved regarding the changes.

City of Perth

Work is continuing on the proposed City of Perth Act which the Government intends to introduce into Parliament in the current session.

The legislation will give clear recognition to Perth as Western Australia’s capital city and acknowledge its central role in the State’s tourism and economic development.

Under the legislation, Kings Park, Queen Elizabeth II Medical Centre, the new Perth Children’s Hospital and The University of Western Australia will be in the City of Perth.

Final Update

This is the final edition of the Metropolitan Local Government Reform Update.

The first Update was distributed in May 2013 to provide information about plans for changes to Perth’s metropolitan local governments. Since then, weekly editions have been emailed to subscribers and other interested readers with a special interest in the future of our local governments.

Thank you to all of those who have contributed ideas and provided feedback on the newsletter.

The Department of Local Government and Communities will continue to feature information about local government and related developments on its website.

You may also be interested in subscribing to the department’s newsletter, ‘connect’, for the latest information on our work in strengthening and supporting local governments and communities across Western Australia.  “




I don’t know if its all done and dusted yet Roel, still some possibility of shady deals to come.

Fremantle Battle for the Burbs pt.3, Minister Leaves Merger Door Open

Tonight I have read that though the LG Minister and Premier have  declared that the amalgamation, and mergers are finished or sidelined for now and that Governors orders are to be rescinded.  I also read and I quote the ABC,

Mr Simpson has confirmed Governor’s Orders forcing council mergers would be rescinded after discussions with any council wishing to amalgamate.

“I think it’s incumbent on me as Minister to meet with those affected local governments just to clarify their position but also to meet with them to give them the opportunity, and some would possibly like to move forward with the reform process,” he said.

“We’d certainly see if we can work with them.”

Mr Simpson said a number of Governor’s Orders were cancelled by the no vote for three proposed amalgamations in Perth’s south, leaving nine orders still in force.

He said there were some councils still interested in reform.

“I had a meeting with nine mayors in the last week since the announcement last Tuesday,” she said.

“At the moment it’s very, very hot and contentious. They need a bit of time to let the dust settle.

“But there’s definitely some good synergies happening.”

Mr Simpson said mayors had told him they had benefited from the process, including improved relationships with their neighbouring councils.

He said he expected some councils to request a realignment of council areas to more natural boundaries.

But Mr Simpson declined to name which councils he had been talking with.

“I think there’s a lot that can go on the table. I don’t want to point out any of them. I want to keep working with them,” he said.

“What we’ll do is sit down with them. The Governor’s Orders are due to kick in on July 1. If they think they can meet that deadline, yes, I’m happy.

“If they see they need another 12 months, I’m happy to give them another 12 months to put that case together.”

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So if councils are making deals behind closed doors or back room deals, at what point does the the community have a say or is even informed?

If Fremantle City Council is partaking in these meetings? Are they making deals with the minister? At what point would wider electors have input into such a deal, if at all? Its now reported this could go for 12 months, so where would that leave the next election that should be in Oct 2015?


Community Consultation?

What could we end up with and when?

Late this afternoon the LG Reform Group let out this public update.

Volume 2: Issue 14 | 17 February 2015

Metropolitan Local Government Reform Update

Future of reform rests with councils

Premier Colin Barnett and Local Government Minister Tony Simpson today provided an update on local government reform.

Read the media statement “Future of LG reform now rests with councils”.

Fremantle’s Battle for the Burbs Continues, Could East Freo Be Backdoored?


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.





Fremantle Myth, Fact or Paid Propaganda?


Well in this week’s Herald (good to see COF spending locally) we see a Full Page add on the 1st page of the paper saying what a great job the city is doing for us. Pg 2 of the 14/02/15 edition

Generally I find if u are doing a good job you don’t need to pay someone else to tell everyone how great u are doing? Or maybe the electioneering has started early this year?

I read in the paper myths that supposedly have been said about the council.

Myth 1. Freo’s in a financial hole, well with the amount of city assets they are trying to sell I hope not, still makes u wonder if cash is no problems why did we get a rate rise the year after Mayor Brad was re-elected, why city assets are so poorly maintained, I wonder how much of the outstanding $50, 000, 000.00 maintenance bill has been worked down?

MYTH 2. New suburbs will not receive representation, bit of a silly myth really the council has no choice but to change ward boundaries if suburb boundaries move and even their voting in local elections is guaranteed as its state law. The issue for EF, is the same issue Freo feared from being taken over by Melville, one day fully in charge of your future the next u lose 80% or so of your say? Amazing how it’s relevant for Melville taking over Freo but not for Freo taking over EF? Ask people at Burt St if they feel they have representation? Many groups in Freo feel they have no representation so new suburbs get in line.

Myth 3. Care for public spaces will deteriorate, well I suppose u could wonder about that, surely the esplanade with the tonnes of concrete poured in will not need as much water, but I don’t think people using Point Walter want it looking like the esplanade, or the 3 type bins system they have turning into the Freos one over flowing type bin? As long as you like concrete u will feel right at home in Freo and it doesn’t even need to be watered. Could be a new slogan for Freo “save water concrete your park” “Or concrete coming to a park near u real soon”?

Myth 4. Reform is an opportunity to impose high rise development, this is clearly a ridiculous Myth, as for a year or so COF has been doing Barnett’s bidding by slapping high rise approval on any block they can, the old bunker tank area looking at 13 stories by WGV, tried to drive 40M+high at McCabe St, the new favela plan for Burt St. No wonder East Freo was worried? It’s not an opportunity looks like it started a way back? As long as they think about some affordable housing have another couple of stories?

Myth 5. Services and facilities will disappear or be scaled back, that’s an easy one to look at, Cockburn has verge services and tip passes, Freo doesn’t? So either Freo was planning to run different services for rate payers, or maybe everyone was getting back tip passes and verge mowing or not? Ask the seniors in Hammie Hill about the services they get now, then see if u can find equal services in Freo?

Myth 6. The city of Fremantle was trying to take over the Town of East Fremantle, which I would suggest is no truer than Melville taking over Fremantle? Its bit confusing how Fremantle’s absorption of East Freo is different than Melville  proposed absorption of Fremantle, when Fremantle launch a campaign to save Freo from Melville it was good and virtuous but when East Freo speaks up for its self, it’s all lies and Myths, confused, could a bit of hypocrisy be running here?

Myth 7. The Fremantle CBD is dying and we’re going nothing about it. Well this is easy, go have a look at the CBD for yourself,  think back to the Days of Myers operating, 2 book stores in the Mall, butchers on High St, Fish shop on Market St, shoe shops, Susans, etc etc, and compare to now, is it better or worse? Yes the city has been doing plenty for the CBD, by inviting the begging and homeless to our CBD, that Perth wanted out of theirs, encouraging graffiti, complaining when the police enforce state laws, I have never seen the anti-social issue’s in Freo as bad as they are now, drunks swearing, fighting is a regular occurrence right in front of the town hall, looks like council is doing plenty? I drove into Freo on Tuesday 11am a guy off his face walking down High St screaming at the cars, Wednesday I hear of a rolling brawl in front of Target. The question is COF helping or making it worse?

Myth 8. Rates will soar, I suppose that depends on what u mean by soaring, last rate increase I believe Freo was reported as one of the highest for increases, strangely no rate rise the year the Mayor goes for election though, soon we will hear about paying for cost of amalgamation, even though it didn’t happen, of course those costs of COF, fighting against Melville take over well that’s all Colins fault right?

Well this add would have to be the best use of rate payer’s funds I have ever seen?  Well done! All myths put to bed? Well till the sunrises the next day?




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