City set to have its say on poll

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

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.

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