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‘The proposal by the City of Perth, in the City of South Perth’s view, is about greed – not need.’
At this month’s council meeting, Victoria Park Mayor Trevor Vaughan said he felt positive about the amalgamated council’s chance of retaining the Peninsula.
‘The river is a natural boundary. At Local Government Advisory Board (LGAB) meetings the Board gave the councils an indication they will follow due process and utilise their criteria for assessing boundary modifications,’ he said.
Mr Johnson, who helped South Perth and Victoria Park do a joint submission to the LGAB, said the advantage of the LGAB was it was independent and needed to consider the rationale of the reform process, which included establishing communities of interest, not fragmenting existing ones.
‘Logic says Burswood should stay with Victoria Park and South Perth,’ Mr Johnson said.
He agreed City of Perth should expand but should be larger than proposed, with a population of 150,000 not 50,000, so the scale was regional.
‘Perth isn’t necessarily after more rates. It wants to be seen as bigger with something to celebrate, but it’s not about boundaries, it’s about managing the city’s growth.’