Local Government Minister John Castrilli today congratulated electors from the City of Geraldton-Greenough and the Shire of Mullewa for their endorsement of local government amalgamation.
Mr Castrilli said the outcome was very pleasing and proved electors believed reform was worth fighting for.
“I congratulate the communities on making this decision to form the City of Greater Geraldton,” he said.
“The amalgamation of the City of Geraldton-Greenough and the Shire of Mullewa will enable local governments to deliver a higher level and more diverse range of services.
“In particular, the Mullewa community will gain from being a part of a bigger local government body, financially strong and able to address challenges emerging in the future.
“This is a very positive outcome for the reform of local government in Western Australia.
“It is also important to congratulate the mayor of Geraldton-Greenough, the shire president of Mullewa, the elected members and the staff for presenting this opportunity to their communities.
“They have all displayed strong leadership in recognising the positive impact of reform.”
The poll required at least 50 per cent of electors from the respective local governments to participate, and a majority of these to vote against the Local Government Advisory Board’s recommendation to amalgamate for it to be overturned, the assumption being that people who don’t vote support the amalgamation.
The Department of Local Government will now undertake the statutory processes to give effect to the amalgamation and a commissioner will be appointed to oversee the practical steps necessary in bringing together the operations of the local governments.
“I will work closely with those local governments which have embraced this process to date and hope that following this positive result, other local governments follow suit,” Mr Castrilli said.
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