Freo's View


Posted in fremantle by freoview on July 15, 2013

Tony Simpson, the Western Australian Minister for Local Government and Communities is quite clearly trying to soften us all up for the blow of local government reform, as the Colin Barnett government calls its forced amalgamations of local councils. They are engaging in a bit of YES MINISTER spin I reckon, just read their PR below and ask yourself if you consider the Garden City or Phoenix shopping centres part of our local Fremantle community. Yes Minister wants us to believe so.

Roel Loopers

“Community of interest” is a key consideration for local government boundaries and is one of the factors the Local Government Advisory Board considers when it makes its recommendations on boundary changes.
This takes into account considerations such as interests and values, characteristics of an area, or issues that give people a sense of identity or community.

Some of the factors contributing to this could include shared interests or shared use of community facilities.

For example, sporting, leisure and library centres can create a focus for people. The use of shopping centres and the location of schools can also bring together people with similar interests.

During its review of metropolitan local governments, the Metropolitan Local Government Review Panel considered diverse information and comments relating to different communities of interest in Perth.

The Panel commented that community of interest “is not something that is unique to small-sized local governments”. It also noted that some communities of interest are not geographical at all and may be created by other common factors.

The Panel’s view was that communities in the Perth metropolitan area are more alike than they are different.  While the consideration should play some role in determining boundaries, it was not an argument for retaining the local structure.


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  1. Ian Ker said, on August 2, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    Well said. You are not alone (not that you are likely to think you are).
    Please have a look at and


  2. Julie Matheson said, on July 17, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    Reblogged this on Local Govt. and Subiaco.


  3. mark said, on July 15, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    Looking at the positives at least this would give Fremantle a shopping centre.
    Also a public high school that gives a child a choice of courses if they wish to go yo uni.


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