Residents won’t be silenced
PETITION CALLS FOR SAY ON MERGERS
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.