Cr Maxwell introduced a motion, which only received the support of fellow rookie councillor Mark Windram, at last Tuesday’s monthly meeting where the four other councillors present and Mayor Trevor Vaughan voted to plough on with the controversial reform process or risk being forced into a worse position.
The motion implored Council to engage with the Mayors’ Alliance of Councils for Democracy for its legal opinion on the ‘abuse of process’ by the Local Government Advisory Board.
It also wanted Council to seek legal advice on areas where the LGAB may have accepted proposals ‘allegedly elicited through the use of deception and coercion by the State Government’.
Vincent resident Ian Ker, who used public statement time to encourage Victoria Park councillors to consider supporting Cr Maxwell’s motion, has received the financial support of the City of Subiaco in his and Perth lawyer John Hammond’s legal action in the Supreme Court to declare invalid the ministerial proposals for the amalgamation and culling of councils.
After the motion failed to gain traction, Mr Ker said it was ‘typical of what the State Government had achieved: getting councils to focus on the detail rather than the principle and setting council against council’.
At the behest of fellow councillors, Cr Maxwell agreed to withdraw comments he made about the Mayor’s ambition to head up a larger council with a larger salary, but said Council needed to act on behalf of the people of Victoria Park, who did not want to amalgamate with the neighbouring City of South Perth.