STIRLING city council will consult lawyers on the legality of council mergers that will see the city’s boundaries shrink by up to 17 per cent.
The council will also write to premier Colin Barnett requesting a poll of residents in suburbs to be annexed by neighbouring councils, including residents in Mt Lawley, Inglewood and Dianella.
Mayor Giovanni Italiano says the mergers could cost its ratepayers millions.
“Today, the minister has told all mayors there is very little money set aside to finance this state government decision and that those impacted should finance the cost via taking out loans,” he says.
“The state government expects our ratepayers to finance the cost of their decision—a decision they have not costed, nor budgeted for.
“The tab is likely to cost our ratepayers millions.
Cr Italiano adds he will do everything in his power to keep rates down.
Veteran councillor Terry Tyzack, who tabled the motion to take legal advice on the mergers, says there is a perception that decisions made by government ministers cannot be challenged.
“This is not the case—ministers are not all powerful or supreme,” he says.
Under the mergers, Inglewood and parts of Dianella, Mount Lawley, Menora and Yokine (east of Alexander Drive) will shift from Stirling to the new Bayswater-Bassendean super council.
by STEPHEN POLLOCK