Reforms pave way for parties

A BAYSWATER councillor and Liberal Party member says the creation of councils with no wards will “lead to the politicisation of local government”.

Despite his party membership, Cr Chris Cornish sits as an independent on the council.

Bayswater and Bassendean are to merge and also gobble up bits of Swan and Stirling.

The super-council will have just 14 councillors to represent 116,000 people and no wards, which Cr Cornish says will “rip the local out of local government”.

During an impassioned speech in chambers, Cr Cornish warned a single ward prices community leaders out of the running.

“The system will see more career politicians entering local government and less grass-roots community leaders,” he told colleagues. “It’s all a bit sad and I can see the council system breaking down as Labor and Liberal power-brokers become involved in local government.”

by STEPHEN POLLOCK

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