A West Australian council which agreed to amalgamate under the State Government’s reform process has backed out of the deal.
Last November, the Shire of Chapman Valley entered an agreement to amalgamate with the Shire of Mullewa and City of Geraldton Greenough by 2011. It was one of nine WA councils which agreed to the reform process.
But the council yesterday announced its decision to defer the merger, saying it was not the will of the community.
More than 400 local government representatives protested the Minister for Local Government’s reform program at a forum earlier this month when it was stated that councils would not be forced to amalgamate.
Chapman Valley Shire President John Collingwood says the council has reconsidered its position since learning the Government would not force mergers.