Minister Tony Simpson has invited Presidents and CEOs of metropolitan local governments to an confidential announcement briefing this Wednesday 22 October at 10:30am to advise on the outcome of Local Government Reform, and to release the revised boundary map for the State. It is expected a public announcement will be made at 11am on the Metropolitan Local Government Reform website at http://metroreform.dlg.wa.gov.au/ Further updates regarding Local Government Reform as it relates to Serpentine Jarrahdale will be available on our website and Facebook page from this Wednesday 22 October 2014.
As residents will be aware, the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale has withdrawn from the Local Implementation Committee, following the release of the State Government's budget. The budget indicates $5 million in funding for Reform, with any other monies required to be provided as loans to local governments across Perth.
The Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale along with many Councils across the State do not believe that residents should have to pay for Local Government Reform, an initiative driven by the State Government.
Council is a member of Councils for Democracy, a group of concerned Councils keen to explore options for survival through the Local Government Reform process.
Submissions are currently being considered by the Local Government Advisory Board, and a decision is expected from the Minister later in the year.
The Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale continues to believe that erasing our Shire from the Local Government map is of no benefit to this Council, our community or future generations.
Updates will continue throughout the process via the local media, our website and Facebook pages.