Mt Lawley back in, Inglewood, Dianella still out

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The latest revision of the proposed boundaries for the WA local government amalgamations shows that the City of Stirling will most likely retain the Terry Tyzack Leisure Centre as well as most of its current share of Mount Lawley, leaving that suburbs heritage status and protections intact.  Inglewood, Dianella Centro and other parts of Dianella east of Alexander Drive currently under Stirling now look certain to be moved to the new Morley Super Council.

The future implications for Inglewood’s heritage status, the plans to revamp Dianella Centro and the underutilised land around it and the proposed light rail project up Alexander Drive, which will now involve another local council, are unclear.

The decision to move Inglewood out of the City of Stirling, despite it being under the same heritage protections as Mount Lawley & Menora, seems a curious one.  In an article published in the Guardian on Tuesday the 19th of November, Liberal MLA Michael Sutherland is said to have said that:

“…it makes sense for Menora and Mount Lawley to remain with Stirling, but geographically Inglewood and Dianella fit better with the greater Morley Council”.

Call me a cynic, but I think Michael Sutherland’s views have more to do with electoral boundaries (Inglewood being predominantly in the Labour held seat of Maylands) than “geographic” position – anyone looking at the revised council map can see that.

With the break from Stirling looking more certain, the best case scenario for Inglewood residents, in my view, would be for the new Morley council to retain the current heritage protections and take a similar approach to revitalising Inglewood’s section of Beaufort Street as was done in Whatley Cres and Eighth Ave in Maylands.  Inglewood’s main street has been relatively neglected over the last fews years and despite its larger blocks, attractive tree-lined streets and character homes the suburb has lost some ground in its appeal compared to nearby suburbs such as Mount Hawthorn, Mount Lawley and North Perth.

For Dianella residents, the likelihood of further delays to the revamp of Dianella Centro and surrounding lands and unused buildings (or should I say carparks) are a blow.  One of the reasons for the lack of progress on this project by Stirling was the tie in to the proposed light rail network – another project that has been continually pushed back by the current State Government.  Methinks that the new Bayswater/Bassendean super council, which has vowed to place Morley at its strategic heart, will also be less interested in investing in and developing this retail precinct in preference to Galleria and its surrounds.

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City of Vincent residents appear to have been successful with their “One in All in” campaign to be re-joined with the City of Perth, albeit it now being clear that the City of Perth is strongly against the move.  The previous proposal of splitting the Beaufort/Walcott Street business and social hub between three different councils was total madness, in my view, and risked leaving the popular hub in planning and development limbo.  The new plan is probably still one Council too many but at least not that different to the current scenario.

With councils still not happy and much talk in the press of rate hikes and service cuts as a result of the mergers it will be interesting to see how the final plans pan out over the coming weeks and months. We’ll continue to keep you updated on the issues as they arise.

To see the revised boundary maps, click here.

What do you think of the revised outcomes? Do they make more sense or are they just politically motivated? Who has got the best outcome and who is worse off? Let us know your thoughts by leaving a comment below.

About Natalie

Natalie Hoye (me) is a Real Estate Sales Representative with Acton Mount Lawley who has lived and worked in the suburbs surrounding and nearby Beaufort Street for over 15 years. I love trying out new local cafes, shops and restaurants and am a big believer in supporting the local community and businesses. I have three gorgeous boys in my life (husband and two sons) and am blessed to be doing what I love in the areas I love. Read more about Natalie Hoye


  1. Paul Collins says:

    A very good post.
    Vincent succeeded because it had a very good local member committed to their cause.
    Your comments on Dianella Plaza are spot on. Stirling is currently undertaking a huge planning exercise on that site (following public consultation) which will no doubt gather dust at Bayswater with all the focus on the Morley Regional Centre.
    I would also expect Bayswater to close Dianella or Inglewood Libraries on the edge of Stirling’s boundaries which would be a big loss.
    The proposed light rail down Alexander Drive is another reason why Dianella should remain as 1 Council.
    If there is to be a geographical fit for Bayswater then it is Kiara, Beechboro and Lockridge where there is a strong community of interest in Morley. Under the current plan these suburbs will be stuck in the City of Swan whose boundaries will now extend half way to York.
    This whole exercise is about using Stirling to subsidise the State Government’s reform of inefficient Councils.Stirling will lose and Dianella and Inglewood residents will pay more.
    I have heard a rally is being organised in the new year for Inglewood and Dianella so keep an eye out on Stirling’s web page.
    This issue will fester in Inglewood and Dianella until the next election unless it is resolved.
    Good on you for making some very valid observations.

  2. David Lagan says:

    Great Page Natalie

    Comment still spins around as to the final outcome of the LG reform as driven by the Premier.
    Stirling is still well in the fight to keep both Dianella and Inglewood inside.
    The report by the city is available online and points out cost that in time will be taken on by ratepayers if the model above goes ahead.

    Notable has been the comment by river councils looking to empire make as the process moves on.
    The minister is mindful of all aspects of this model and of the original government paper outlining the model options.
    Think ahead and wonder what benefits are to be gained in the long run if ratepayers already see local government as they do and turn out in low numbers to support their local government.
    Lessons in the East have much to say about costs.
    I live in the strong hope that the Stirling model remains the same and that river amalgamations define a model of forward thinking activity.
    David Lagan

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