The Heraldsun has published this OpEd piece. Whilst we can understand their concerns the fact is that an expanded Greater City of Melbourne would not be like the current City Council. With a broader constituency base it will be more accountable and hopefully more professional. It would most certainly not be able to getaway with the extent of corrupt practices that we have seen occur over the last 10 years.
The proposal to create a Greater City of Melbourne should not be seen as an "all in" or "all out" option. Whilst Prahran most defiantly is better suited to the City of Melbourne then it is attached to Stonington the same can not be said for the rest of Stonington. Port Philip is also well suited for merger as is the City of Yarra. Both have a common community of interest. The Kensington and Carlton communities should also be reunited in any proposal.
We welcome further consideration and debate of all proposals
City power bid
October 24, 2006
A PUSH by a Melbourne City councillor to form a Greater Melbourne Council by joining with other councils could widen the focus from a narrow, CBD-driven agenda.
But Melbourne City Council, with a track record of municipal bungling, must not dominate any expanded body. Neither should there be a moment's consideration of the suggestion that councillors in this super council should be paid more.
Melbourne councillor Peter Clarke wants to unite Maribyrnong, Melbourne, Port Phillip, Stonnington and Yarra councils, embracing 350,000 residents and the glittering prize of $500 million a year in rates.