Public input sought for Perth local government review

PERTH'S community is being asked to contribute to discussions on the future of the Perth metropolitan area as part of the Metropolitan Local Government Review Panel's examination of local government structures and governance models.

The review, announced by the government in June, is an independent analysis of the governance structure of the Perth metropolitan area. An independent panel, comprising Professor Alan Robson (Chair), Dr Peter Tannock and Dr Sue van Leeuwen, has been made responsible for the review and will produce the final recommendations.

The review is intended to produce clear, achievable recommendations for the future of local government in the metropolitan area in the form of a report to the Minister.

Local Government Minister, John Castrilli, said the panel's issues paper would soon be published on the website, which would give the community an opportunity to provide input to the review.

"The panel is examining the social, economic and environmental challenges facing Perth over the next 50 years," Mr Castrilli said, adding that the structure of local government has not significantly changed in more than 100 years.

It is expected the panel will submit recommendations to the Minister by June 2012 which will result in the drawing of new local government boundaries.

Last week, the Metropolitan Local Government Review Panel launched its new website <http://metroreview.dlg.wa.gov.au>, which provides the public with access to background and research papers as well as submissions received and links to other relevant sites.

More information is available from the Metropolitan Local Government Review Panel website at <http://www.metroreview.dlg.wa.gov.au/>.

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