Save Kalamunda Shire Action Group stage demonstration outside Perth Supreme Court

Save Kalamunda Shire Action Group members John Humphreys and Rob McArthur.
Save Kalamunda Shire Action Group members John Humphreys and Rob McArthur.

SAVE Kalamunda Shire Action Group members will be 'grieving the death of democracy' outside the Supreme Court today.

To coincide with the hearing for a case against the State Government over local government reform, four people will dress as pallbearers and carry a life-size coffin with ‘Democracy ” Slain by Barnett’ written on the side to symbolise its death.

The vocal group last week tried to present Local Government Minister Tony Simpson with a petition at Parliament House, demanding their democratic right to vote regarding reform.

It was announced in October that the City of Belmont boundary would be adjusted to take in the Shire of Kalamunda, causing it to no longer exist.

Action group spokesman John Humphreys said the group wanted a peaceful demonstration.

‘We want to do it quietly, we do not want to cause too much of a stir,’ he said.

‘We will be quietly grieving the death of democracy.’

The group will walk along St Georges Terrace on the footpath to the corner of Barrack Street, then down the path through Supreme Court Gardens to the Supreme Court.

After the State Government announced the reform, group members remained optimistic that the court hearing would go in their favour, feeling the case against the State Government had legs.

Several councils are in the court challenge, to be heard by the Chief Justice.