Council’s spirited defence

Vincent Mayor Alannah MacTiernan opposes the break-up of the council. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d404960
Vincent Mayor Alannah MacTiernan opposes the break-up of the council. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d404960

Mayor Alannah MacTiernan called the urgent meeting to discuss proposed council boundary changes, under which Mt Hawthorn and parts of North Perth, Leederville and Mt Lawley will be transferred to Stirling, and the rest to Perth.

Councillors unanimously voted to ‘strongly support’ a full merger of Vincent with Perth.

‘It’s important we recognise that staying as Vincent is an argument that can’t be won,’ Ms MacTiernan said.

‘We need to unite but have one single concept and that should be that we all go in as City of Perth to keep the inner-city vibe. I think we can actually win this.’

Councillors also voted to establish a community and social media campaign, including petitions, town hall meetings beginning August 10 and advertising opposing the merger, overseen by a committee comprising four Vincent councillors.

During public comment time, a spokeswoman for Perth MLA Eleni Evangel said she ‘would fight for a united inner-city Vincent’.

Several residents spoke in opposition to the plan including Peter Fitzgerald, of North Perth, who said the decision had been ‘carried out by people who don’t understand the Vincent community’.

‘We should amalgamate as one with the City of Perth,’ he said.

‘We need to be as vocal and physical as possible’