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Swan ward changes adopted

IN October the City of Swan will make some changes to its wards and boundaries following a review.

The changes, which will come into effect on Local Government Election day on October 21, will reduce the number of wards from six to five, keep the number of councillors at 15 and rename two of the wards to reflect the proposed boundary changes.

City of Swan Mayor Mick Wainwright said the changes included the Ellenbrook and North wards joining to become the Pearce ward, which would be represented by four councillors.

The suburbs of Whiteman Park and Brabham would move from the Altone ward to the Ballajura ward.

The Ballajura ward would be renamed Whiteman ward.

Parts of Henley Brook not under the Swan Valley Planning Act would move to the Whiteman ward.

The changes, which City of Swan councillors voted to accept at a special meeting on March 27 have now been approved by the Local Government Minister David Templeman and have been published in the WA Government Gazette.

Cr Wainwright said the changes would not only retain a ward structure, but ensure balanced representation for electors.

“The council spent a long time considering all options, including all public submissions, before making a decision and we are satisfied this is the best decision going forward,” he said.

“All preparations for the upcoming election are being based on the new structure, and you will see these changes in full effect after the election.”

About Anita

Anita Mcinnes received a highly commended in the 2009 WA Media Awards suburban section for her reporting. Two of her sons were born at Swan District Hospital and for many years she was a partner in a small business, which operated in the Gingin-Muchea-Bullsbrook area. As a mature age student Anita studied journalism at Curtin University before working in Busselton, Dunsborough and Rockingham with West Regionals. She says the best part of her job is meeting eastern suburb residents and visiting the many attractions in the area.

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