POLL PETITION UNDER THREAT
AS members of the Local Government Advisory Board (LGAB), Victoria Park chief executive Anthony Vuleta and senior governance officer Russ Fishwick are advocating to make it much more difficult for citizens to have their say on amalgamations and boundary changes.
These two employees of the Town of Victoria Park make up 40 per cent of the five-member governmentappointed board.
In a submission to the current Local Government Act review, the LGAB is proposing to double the number of people required to petition the Government to call a poll and that all parties to an amalgamation proposal have to reject the amalgamation.
The poll, known as a Dadour poll after Tom Dadour, the MP who fought to have this right enshrined in the Act, is the only fail-safe mechanism available to the public for when our politicians get it wrong.
In 2014 the communities in three sets of forced amalgamations successfully rejected the Barnett government’s plans through such a poll, but the changes proposed by the LGAB will make that task so much more difficult and if these changes had been in place in 2014 all three polls would have failed, with the result that South Perth and Victoria Park would now be amalgamated, as would Fremantle and East Fremantle, and Kwinana and Cockburn.
This is a clear attack on the rights of citizens to have a say on the future of their communities and exposes the undemocratic mindset of the advisory board. VINCE MAXWELL, Victoria Park