FACTBase Bulletin 6 - 'Successful' Local and Metropolitan Government Models Elsewhere: Potential Lessons for Perth?

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This paper explores the political governance arrangements in five city-regions in three countries, and attempts to draw lessons for effective local government restructuring in Perth.

Key Findings
  • Perth’s governance is characterised by many small to medium-sized local councils (defined by population), which are uneven in terms of size and economic base. There is also a lack of metropolitan-wide governance structures.
  • Five case studies were selected and analysed to form a suggestion for Perth’s future direction in local government reform. These were: London, Vancouver, Montreal, Auckland, and Brisbane.
  • Formulated from the case studies and the context Perth’s local government, four models for local government reform were produced: 1. Unitary Council 2. Nominated Metropolitan Government 3. Elected Metropolitan Council 4. Voluntary Metropolitan Representation. These all had their own strengths and weaknesses.
  • Issues of importance for local government reform in Perth includes democracy and community representation, the decision-making process, perceived contributions to global competitiveness, and economies of scale.
  • In order to create a successful local government reform, the recognition of the particular institutional, political, legal, socio-economic and historical context is critical.
Acknowledgement of Country

The Committee For Perth acknowledges the traditional custodians throughout Western Australia and their continuing connection to the land, waters and community. We pay our respects to all members of the Aboriginal communities and their cultures; and to Elders both past and present.