Res­i­dents won’t be si­lenced

PE­TI­TION CALLS FOR SAY ON MERG­ERS

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - City Of South Perth - Su­sanne Reilly

RES­I­DENTS in the City of South Perth are de­ter­mined to be heard.

They pre­sented a pe­ti­tion to South Perth MLA John McGrath with more than 2000 sig­na­tures call­ing for an amend­ment to the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Act so they could have their say on lo­cal gov­ern­ment re­form.

Mr McGrath tabled the pe­ti­tion in State Par­lia­ment last Tues­day and said his po­si­tion on the pro­posed amal­ga­ma­tion re­mained un­changed.

He said his sup­port was de­pen­dant on Bur­swood re­main­ing part of the new lo­cal gov­ern­ment and that the ad­just­ment be done by amal­ga­ma­tion, not bound­ary change. “That way, the peo­ple of South Perth and Vic­to­ria Park will get a vote in the process if they so de­sire,” he said.

City of South Perth Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion con­vener Ce­cilia Brooke said the sig­na­tures has been col­lected in a fort­night.

“We put to­gether a team of ded­i­cated res­i­dents who walked the streets and fo­cused on mar­kets and shop­ping cen­tres,” she said. “Peo­ple ral­lied around the call to en­sure that they were the fi­nal ad­ju­di­ca­tors on whether or not the City of South Perth and Town of Vic­to­ria Park should be merged.”

She said the group was gear­ing up for a ref­er­en­dum af­ter the City of South Perth joined sev­eral coun­cils in tak­ing ac­tion in the Supreme Court where they claim Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Min­is­ter Tony Simp­son acted un­law­fully.

“We re­main hope­ful our case will be suc­cess­ful,” she said. “Af­ter that the voice of democ­racy will be heard.”

Mr McGrath said he re­mained con­fi­dent the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Ad­vi­sory Board would ac­cept the pro­pos­als sub­mit­ted by the City of South Perth and Town of Vic­to­ria Park.

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