Le­gal bat­tle to con­tinue

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Local Government Reform -

SOUTH Perth, Su­bi­aco and Ser­pen­tine-Jaradale coun­cils, with Vincent res­i­dent Ian Ker, will con­tinue to chal­lenge the lo­cal gov­ern­ment merger process in the Supreme Court on Novem­ber 25, de­spite a State Gov­ern­ment an­nounce­ment of new bor­ders last week.

After the court date was set in Septem­ber, the coun­cils of­fered sev­eral times to with­draw the ac­tion if res­i­dents were given a vote on the pro­posed changes, of­fers re­jected by the gov­ern­ment.

South Perth chief ex­ec­u­tive Cliff Frew­ing said the lack of fund­ing for the process forced the City to take le­gal ac­tion.

“We had four con­di­tions in our pro­posal: that we par­tic­i­pate in an amal­ga­ma­tion; that we re­tain the whole Bur­swood penin­sula; that we re­ceive the north­ern part of the City of Can­ning; and also that there was an ad­e­quate level of fund­ing to fi­nance the re­form pro­gram,” he said. “The fund­ing of­fered by the gov­ern­ment falls a long way short and it is only a frac­tion of what is needed.”

Lawyer for the coun­cils, John Ham­mond, said: “The ac­tion stands on it's own and is es­sen­tially a chal­lenge to the way the State Gov­ern­ment has sought to force amal­ga­ma­tions.”

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