John Bowler

John Bowler

Former Minister for Local Government; Employment Protection; Racing and Gaming; Goldfields-Esperance and Great Southern

    Minister praises Greenough's 'courage'

    14/09/2005 12:00 AM

    Local Government and Regional Development Minister John Bowler has welcomed the decision by Shire of Greenough councillors to create a new local government area through a merger with the City of Geraldton.

    As one of the fastest growing areas in the State, Mr Bowler said there would be a need for the region’s local governments to plan for the future and ensure the residents of both urban and rural areas received the best level of governance available.

    The State Government has recognised the importance of the Geraldton region and has made significant investments in the form of the $88million Geraldton Southern Transport Corridor, and the Geraldton Port.

    “The interests of the community and surrounding region are best served by a proactive council, and the move to create a combined local government area is a positive step,” the Minister said.

    “Councillors and the community will undoubtedly look back on the decision with a sense of pride and achievement in years to come.”

    Mr Bowler said the successes of the amalgamations of Kalgoorlie and Boulder local governments, along with the Town and Shire of Albany, were evidence of what could be achieved.

    “The councillors of Greenough truly have the future of their community at heart and have acted to formulate the best possible outcome for their region,” he said.

    Geraldton MLA Shane Hill said the long-term benefits for the entire community would be best served by the merger.

    Mr Hill said the Greenough and Geraldton councillors deserved praise for thinking of what would be best for their ratepayers, rather than simply looking after their seat in the council.

    Minister's office: 9213 6500