Merger talk at fever pitch

Merger talk at fever pitch

Perth, Highgate, East Perth, and parts of North Perth, Mt Lawley and the Leederville cafe strip will be included in the expanded City of Perth, with the rest of Vincent expected to be added to expanded City of Stirling boundaries.

Crown Casino, the new football stadium, QEII Medical Centre, Kings Park and UWA would also be added.

City of Vincent is tonight holding an urgent council meeting to develop a strategy to oppose plans to split it between Perth and Stirling.

Mayor Alannah MacTiernan said council was ‘deeply opposed’ to the State Government plan announced at the weekend to expand the City of Perth’s boundaries, with Vincent ceasing to exist.

Ms MacTiernan said council did not support management of North Perth, Mt Hawthorn and Leederville by a ‘suburban council’.

‘In the days this has been mooted, the community has told us they do not want to go to Stirling,’ she said.

‘People move into those areas because they want inner city life, they want a council that is in tune with activation and place making of those town centres.’

Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi said the City was not against absorbing all of Vincent.