City defies abolition

John McGrath.
John McGrath.

City of South Perth Mayor Sue Doherty expressed her disappointment and said the City would make another submission to the Local Government Advisory Board.

She said the minister’s proposal ran contrary to what the minister had encouraged both the City and Town of Victoria Park to do ” amalgamate through a democratic process.

South Perth MLA John McGrath backed the City and said it was a ‘slap in the face’ when it had been prepared to act in a spirit of co-operation.

Through local government reform the proposal, if implemented, suggests the City of South Perth be ‘deestablished’ and the Town of Victoria Park and Cities of Perth and Canning be altered resulting in an enlarged Town of Victoria Park, increasing focus on the Victoria Park activity centre.

The proposal said there would be significant opportunity to reduce administration duplication and reduce cost.

Cr Doherty said the City and the Town were the only councils to present a joint proposal to the LGAB.

South Perth MLA John McGrath said it seemed wrong in principle that a City council would be abolished and its district incorporated into the boundaries of a Town council.

‘If the new enlarged council is to be created as the minister wishes, by simply changing boundaries, then I believe it’s more appropriate the City of South Perth boundary be adjusted to incorporate the Town of Victoria Park,’ he said.

‘The public needs to be aware achieving council mergers by boundary change rather than amalgamation also circumvents the democratic right, under the Local Government Act, for polls to be demanded by residents wishing to have a say on any proposed changes.

‘The only way of expressing their views now is to make a submission to the LGAB.’