Local councils urged to reduce numbers

Local councils have up to six months to advise the state government of their amalgamation plans and intentions to reduce the number of elected members.


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This is a fantastic initiative BUT should be compulsory as not one of the metro councils will agree, they are too busy building empires. We are the most over-governed democracy....three levels of govt is too much red tape and cost and delay. Getting rid of councils all together would be preferable. It is absurd in current times let alone good economic times to have small council CEOs on $250,000 plus and all the other staff costs. Especially the Western Suburbs. As for the standard of councillors it is very poor...but then why would you become a councillor ?? It is noteworthy that many/most councils have worked best/achieved more when they were disbanded and commissioners put in place....note Wanneroo. Any development proposal over say $2m should be immediately taken over by DPI and the council be a referral agency only.

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