Vincent angry at merge snub

Subiaco councillors voted to recommend a merger ‘under perceived duress’ with Perth to the Local Government Advisory Board (LGAB) at its special council meeting last week. This merger supports the City of Perth’s plans to incorporate parts of Vincent in its boundaries, with the rest going to the City to Stirling.

Mr Carey said it was ‘illogical’ for Subiaco to go into Perth but not include areas such as North Perth and Mt Hawthorn.

‘I think it is grossly hypocritical for the City of Subiaco to argue to keep its community together as one but then support the City of Perth’s proposal to split Vincent,’ he said.

‘You have to question the logic behind arguing for Subiaco to go in but all of Vincent not to.’

Subiaco councillor Mark Burns said Perth was not Subiaco’s first choice, but the best decision when faced with a merger with Cambridge or the State Government plan to amalgamate all seven western suburbs councils.

‘We had to ultimately choose to protect the community from both a G7 and Cambridge’s takeover bid,’ he said.

Fellow councillor Julie Matheson said the Perth merger option was a better fit for Subiaco, as it solved issues with the Capital City plan ‘cherry picking assets’.

‘Even though Perth is CBD-centric, if they want to take our university and our hospitals, then they have to take us too,’ she said.

Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi said Subiaco’s proposal was ‘very interesting’ and ‘warranting diligent consideration’.

‘On the surface, having Subiaco within the City of Perth appears to be more logical than having lower-density northern areas of the City of Vincent,’ she said.

‘If the State Government were to have taken a sensible and strategic approach to expanding City of Perth, it might have made more sense for it to include inner- city suburban areas like the centre of Subiaco.’

The City of Perth is presenting its supplementary submission to the LGAB tomorrow, which includes Belmont Racecourse, Burswood Peninsula, Kings Park, UWA, QEII Medical Centre, Hollywood Hospital, Perth Oval and Leederville Oval.