Ward and boundary changes in the City of Swan

Published on 04 August 2017

In October, the City of Swan will make some changes to its wards and boundaries following its recent wards and representation review.

The changes, agreed upon by the City of Swan Council at a special meeting on March 27, 2017, have now been approved by the Minister for Local Government and have been published in the WA Government Gazette.

The changes, which will come into effect on the day of the Local Government election on October 21, 2017, include:

  • Reducing the number of wards from six to five.
  • Retaining the current number of Councillors (15).
  • Renaming two of the wards to reflect the proposed boundary changes.

To achieve this, the City will make the following alterations:

  • Merge Ellenbrook and North Ward to form Pearce Ward.
  • Set the number of Councillors in Pearce Ward to four.
  • Move Whiteman Park and Brabham from Altone Ward to Ballajura Ward.
  • Rename Ballajura Ward to Whiteman Ward.
  • Move parts of Henley Brook (not under the Swan Valley Planning Act) to Whiteman Ward.
  • Move the remaining parts of Caversham (not under the Swan Valley Planning Act) to Altone Ward.
  • Move The Vines and Middle Swan to Swan Valley/Gidgegannup Ward.
  • Move Jane Brook to Midland/Guildford Ward.

City of Swan Mayor Mick Wainwright said the changes would not only retain a ward structure, but ensure balanced representation for electors.

“Council spent a long time considering all options, including all public submissions, before making a decision and we are satisfied this is the best decision going forward,” he said.

“All preparations for the upcoming election are being based on the new structure, and you will see these changes in full effect after the election.”

The current ward boundaries, including names and representation will remain the same until after October 21, 2017.