Local Government Minister John Castrilli has congratulated the cities of Subiaco and Nedlands for their leadership, following the release of a report into the feasibility of a potential merger.
Mr Castrilli said the report produced compelling evidence of substantial operational savings, additional leverage that neither city could secure remaining as they are, and increased capacity to provide services to their communities as one entity.
The feasibility study found both cities faced future challenges related to a growing and ageing population, rising community expectations and increased infrastructure requirements.
The Minister said a merged local government would provide the opportunity to align services and operations to a 10-year strategic community plan that would reflect community needs.
“There will be a wide range of benefits, including enhanced capacity, additional savings, greater purchasing power, improved efficiency in plant and equipment rationalisation and usage, building on the strengths of both cities,” he said.
“If local governments want to continue to protect and enhance their communities, they need to be proactive and plan for change and that is what these two local governments have done.”
Mr Castrilli said the State Government had provided funding and indirect support from the Department of Local Government to assist the cities develop this plan and engage with their communities.
“It is great to see that the cities of Subiaco and Nedlands are looking at meeting the many challenges ahead,” he said.
“Through the release of this important document, their communities will have an opportunity to understand the many benefits amalgamation will bring.
“I also hope other local governments take the opportunity to follow suit and look into what benefits can be achieved for their communities.”
Minister's office - 9213 6800