A super council in the western suburbs is back on the cards, with Local Government Minister John Castrilli spearheading a plan to merge four local governments in Perth's so-called golden triangle.
Referred to as the G4, Mr Castrilli has asked Peppermint Grove, Mosman Park, Claremont and Cottesloe to look at a plan to merge.
The move, which came after lacklustre support after 18 months of reform talk, would create a council with 26,775 residents - bigger than the City of Perth but smaller than the towns of Vincent and Victoria Park.
The Town of Claremont has decided to be part of the G4 group, while the Town of Cottesloe reaffirmed on Monday its support to be part of the process.
The Shire of Peppermint Grove will look at the issue next month despite being resolute so far in its opposition to amalgamation. The Town of Mosman Park, which also voted against mergers, is considering Mr Castrilli's request.
The Town of Cottesloe wants Mr Castrilli to support boundary changes that will include the suburbs of North Fremantle in the City of Fremantle in the south and Swanbourne in the City of Nedlands to the north.
Peppermint Grove president Brian Kavanagh said the council did not feel pressured to merge with neighbours but there was a belief that forced amalgamations would happen in a second-term Barnett Government.
"We should be in the tent rather than outside the tent when negotiations are being talked about," he said.
"But, of course, I need council endorsement, and if I can't get support, Peppermint Grove won't be doing it."
Mosman Park mayor Ron Norris said he was not sure if resistance to change was "some naive belief that somehow or other if we ignore them long enough they won't bother us".
Subiaco and Nedlands have agreed to a regional transition group, which requires the councils to develop a business plan before a final decision.
Mr Castrilli said yesterday talks among the four councils appeared to have faltered."The only way these councils can make an informed decision on whether or not to proceed with reform is by undertaking comprehensive research and due diligence," he said.
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