Council considers stance

Petanque player Fe Fontanini, a member of the winning WA team in Sydney, was given a $200 grant by the council to help defray her costs. Picture: Matthew Poon www.communitypix.com.au d398307
Petanque player Fe Fontanini, a member of the winning WA team in Sydney, was given a $200 grant by the council to help defray her costs. Picture: Matthew Poon www.communitypix.com.au d398307

The meeting was called to consider the City’s submission regarding the Metropolitan Local Government Review, just days before it was due.

‘I have tried to be proactive,’ Mrs Doherty said, saying she had initiated conversations with the Town of Victoria Park and City of Canning to discuss the amalgamation.

The City does not support recommendation of the Robson report to either wholly or partly amalgamate the City with the City of Perth for reasons including no shared interests and that the City of Perth should keep a ‘capital city’ focus.

The City’s preferred action for amalgamation, given effective reform in the metropolitan area, is to amalgamate with the Town of Victoria Park if the Town retains the Burswood peninsular and all costs associated with the amalgamation are borne by the State.

Councillor Bill Gleeson said the recommendation was ‘fine.’

‘Join Victoria Park and be a family,’ he said.

‘Stop the talk fest… we wasted three hours here one night discussing this.’

Cr Glenn Cridland added the Robson Review ‘reports to be based on evidence but there is none.

‘The whole process disturbs me,’ he said. ‘I am finding it very difficult to know what to do.’

Submissions from local governments closed on April 5.