Court challenges

In the new bid, Serpentine Jarrahdale, South Perth, Peppermint Grove and Subiaco councils request a Supreme Court review of why the Government accepted some borders the Local Government Advisory Board (LGAB) recommended, but not others.

The Government accepted a Victoria Park-South Perth amalgamation, while Serpentine Jarrahdale residents will not get a say over their split between Armadale and Murray.

In the western suburbs, the recommended G5 City of Riversea of Nedlands, Claremont, Cottesloe, Peppermint Grove and Mosman Park council was rejected, leaving the councils in limbo until the introduction of new City of Perth legislation, while vocal merger opponent Subiaco was scrapped in a Cambridge takeover using a border adjustment without a residents’ poll.

Peppermint Grove joined the request to protect the Dadour poll provision that allows residents to vote on an amalgamation of two councils or more, which the Government is allegedly avoiding by choosing border changes.

The separate, three-month-old legal action from Serpentine Jarrahdale, Subiaco and Kalamunda councils with Vincent resident Ian Ker challenges the Government’s methods in getting councils to propose change, and seeks to protect residents’ polls and claims conflicts of interest at the LGAB.

Action lawyer John Hammond said he hoped the review and action would be heard together on November 25.