Perth metropolitan reform – update

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  1. S Collins says:

    Amazing that the WA Gov actually involved the populace and listened to their wishes – congratulations.
    Forced amalgamations do not work – see Queenslands efforts recently (I live in an amalgamated Council now. No one is happy. Centralisation of power and resources to the dominant population centre, diminished power to the rest. Elimination of ‘local’ long term events and functions that have survived with decades of support prior to amalgamation. The list goes on.
    Any decision as big as amalgamation ought to be based upon sound business principles, it ought to be bench marked and subsequently measured (so we know when we succeed or not) and of course most of all the fundamental issue of appropriate democratic representation must be foremost in the decision/outcome. Queensland threw out representational issues with their forced amalgamations (increased populace per councillor), making local government further removed from its constituents.
    SA is one of the few states to approach amalgamations in a considered and methodical way; they collected the data pre and post amalgamation. The final reports revealed quite clearly that most of the goals of amalgamation were not delivered.
    The people know! Just as the voters in Perth have shown.
    There are of course many absurd local government area arrangements that ought to be rationalised by amalgamation, but by and large the dominant economic imperative to amalgamate can be delivered without disruption to a communities sense of place, history and identity by pragmatic resource sharing, centralised buyer, pooled assets etc for a regional group of un-amalgamated councils. The best way for a council to avoid this persistent threat from state governments is to be proactive, work together in your region (beyond fancy regional committees – get into the real job of efficient and coordinated partnerships).
    All this from someone who resisted a forced amalgamation in NSW in the 1990’s.

  2. Karl says:

    Trying to download
    How Fast is perth Growing.
    How will the Australian Population change
    Where are the hotspsots in Sydney and melbourne

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