Western Australia Minister for Regional Government John Castrilli
More Local Governments Sign Reform Agreements
Victor P Taffa
Local Government Minister John Castrilli has congratulated the 16 local governments which have formally signed agreements to form regional groups as part of the State Government’s Local Government Reform Program.
Twelve local governments have agreed to form Regional Transition Groups:
- Beverley, Cunderdin, Quairading, Tammin and York;
- Brookton and Pingelly;
- Mount Marshall, Koorda and Trayning;
- Subiaco and Nedlands.
Four Local Governments – Ashburton, East Pilbara, Port Hedland and Roebourne – are forming a Regional Collaborative Group in the Pilbara, with further collaborative groups being progressed in the Kimberley and Gascoyne Regions.
Another Eight Local Governments are pursuing amalgamations to form three new entities:
- Geraldton-Greenough and Mullewa;
- Morawa, Perenjori, Three Springs and Mingenew;
- Westonia and Yilgarn.
“I congratulate the mayors, shire presidents, councillors, chief executive officers and staff of the local governments involved for their leadership and commitment to the best interests of their communities.” Mr. Castrilli said.
“These local governments can now explore exactly how their communities stand to benefit from reform and I expect more local governments to formally join the reform process as these benefits become evident.”
The participating local governments will be provided with funding from the State Government to prepare regional business plans that will determine, amongst other things, the costs and the mutual benefits of undertaking the change.
The agreements bring to 24 the number of local governments to have formalised their commitment to reform through either an amalgamation, Regional Transition Group or Regional Collaborative Group, with a further nine preparing to formalise their agreements shortly.
Another 22 local governments are supportive of reform but have yet to achieve agreement with their neighbours on how to proceed.