THE City of Wanneroo will seek to postpone a review of its ward boundaries.
At their May 29 meeting, councillors unanimously agreed to ask the Local Government Advisory Board to delay the review it requested in February, pending the outcome of the local government reform process.
The board said there was an imbalance in the ratio of electors to councillors between the four wards, but City administration said that would be affected over the next year by the reform process and population growth.
Cr Dot Newton said the last time the City had a ward boundary review, in 2006, it went from several wards to four and “created a monster”.
Cr Brett Treby said it was a “bureaucratic push to waste ratepayers’ money”.
At the same meeting, councillors endorsed the City’s response to a report on the draft key findings of the local government reform process.
The report said little justification was given for the findings, which included that current local government arrangements did not provide the best outcomes for the community in the future.
“The reform panel has not given any consideration to the enormous growth occurring in the north-west corridor of Perth or to the responsible way that the City of Wanneroo has managed this growth in the absence of a state strategic plan,” it said.
Cr Dianne Guise said the review panel’s findings were not transparent and did not address its own terms of reference.