City set to have its say on poll
CITY of South Perth councillors endorsed feedback to be sent to the WA Local Government Association (WALGA) about its position on poll provisions for local government reform at last week’s meeting.
WALGA has been seeking feedback from councils to define its position on possible amendments to poll provisions in the Local Government Act.
The amendments would be made to ensure electors could demand a poll if their local government is to be significantly affected by a boundary change proposal.
WALGA presented two options for councils to consider.
The first option was that all boundary proposals could be subject to a poll while the second option was to set out criteria defining whether a local government would be significantly affected.
It was suggested that three percentages of variation could be presented as options to define the criteria; 10, 25 and 50 per cent.
The officer’s recommendation endorsed by council was to oppose the options and support an alternative option where the Act was amended so the community could have access to a poll provision if the proposal would result in a 10 per cent or more variation in the local government’s population, electors, rateable properties, rate revenue or area; or if the local government requested it in its submissions to the Local Government Advisory Board.