The Local Government Advisory Board says its decision to terminate the proposed merger of four Western Australian Wheatbelt shires was driven in part by financial concerns, a lack of common goals and the community’s reaction.
The board’s report into the proposed amalgamation of York, Tammin, Cunderdin and Quairading has been released.
It noted concerns over sustainability and whether the councils were adequately prepared to drive change.
It also revealed 83 per cent of the residents who officially responded to the proposal were opposed to the merger.
Cunderdin Shire president Rod Carter says the board did not have a proper understanding of the issues.
“Goodness me, you have to live out here I think,” he said.
“You have to live in these communities to understand how it works.
“They’re small communities, they’re self-sufficient in their own right.”
Mr Carter says he is disappointed by the board’s findings.
“Our regional transition group has requested a meeting with the advisory board and that’ll give us the opportunity I hope to discuss some of their findings,” he said.
“We’ll look forward to doing that.”
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