Local Government Minister John Castrilli today said it was disappointing electors from the Shire of Perenjori voted not to accept a local government amalgamation proposal.

Mr Castrilli said the outcome of a poll conducted on Saturday meant an amalgamation between the shires of Perenjori, Mingenew, Morawa and Three Springs would not proceed.

“This is a lost opportunity for those local governments involved and the impact will adversely affect the future of the broader community which will not reap the benefits of reform,” he said.

“The Perenjori, Mingenew, Morawa and Three Springs communities will miss out on cost savings and a range of new services the merged group had indicated it would deliver, including economic development, tourism, emergency services management and promotion.

“The outcome is also very disappointing for the elected members and staff who presented this opportunity to their communities and displayed strong leadership in recognising the positive impact reform was going to present.

“Although disappointed, I have said all along that this is a voluntary process and I respect the wishes of those electors who voted not to support the amalgamation.

“As Minister for Local Government, I remain committed to the necessity of achieving reform of Western Australia’s local government sector.”

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