A report into the 1989 amalgamation of the Kalgoorlie and Boulder Councils was required reading for councils considering mergers, Local Government Minister David Smith said today.
The report by a study team headed by Local Government Services director Stephen Cole was released today by Mr Smith during a brief ceremony at the Kalgoorlie Town Hall.
"The report documents events leading to the amalgamation of the Town of Kalgoorlie and the Shire of Boulder and makes comments on the procedures adopted," Mr Smith said.
"It also contains a series of recommendations which are designed to assist other councils considering amalgamations on a voluntary basis."
Mr Smith said the report dealt with issues ranging from human resource management to financial considerations.
It was important to note, however, that the recommendations were particular to the Kalgoorlie situation and that unique local circumstances could call for alternative solutions.
"I want to stress that the Government has no policy on the implementation of local government mergers," Mr Smith said.
"However, in the event that councils themselves decide to amalgamate, this document provides an invaluable reference point."
Copies of the report - The Amalgamation of the Kalgoorlie and Boulder Councils: A History and Guidance for the Future - are available from the Department of Local Government, telephone (09) 222 0507.