THE City of Vincent will ask the State Government for a referendum on the proposed City of Perth Act.
Mayor John Carey will write to the Government after last Tuesday’s council resolution, where it was noted that a boundary adjustment between the City of Bayswater and Town of Bassendean would result in land bounded by Ellesmere Street, Mitchell Street, Stanley Street and Guildford Road being transferred from Bayswater to Vincent.
Mr Carey said if the boundary adjustment went ahead and the Government’s proposed City of Perth Act was passed, the changes would result in areas being left without a council.
‘It’s almost a no man’s land,’ he said.
‘I don’t think people have realised.’
The Government proposed the City of Perth Act despite the Local Government Advisory Board supporting the City of Vincent’s proposal for a simple amalgamation between the City of Perth and Vincent.
‘The Government could have added UWA and the other parcels of land while keeping a simple amalgamation,’ Mr Carey said.
He said the proposed introduction of a City of Perth Act would deny City of Vincent electors access to poll provisions that might otherwise be available.
‘We had a vote last year but a lot has happened since then,’ Mr Carey said.
‘I think it’s appropriate that we have another referendum.’
Mr Carey said the Government’s decision to ignore the board’s recommendation for a simple amalgamation and push for the City of Perth Act was partly because of strong lobbying by the City of Perth.
Mr Carey will seek a written commitment from Premier Colin Barnett that the City of Perth Act will provide for fair representation of all electors.