Trig­ger-happy as­so­ci­a­tion wants poll

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - South Park - Su­sanne Reilly

THE news that the Town of Vic­to­ria Park and City of South Perth would amal­ga­mate rather than un­dergo a bound­ary change in the lo­cal gov­ern­ment merger ex­er­cise was mu­sic to the ears of many.

This is be­cause amal­ga­ma­tion al­lows the com­mu­nity to call a poll so it can have a say on the process and if it wants it to con­tinue.

South Perth res­i­dents have wasted no time in do­ing so.

The South Perth Res­i­dents’ As­so­ci­a­tion be­gan plan­ning a pe­ti­tion last week and chair­woman Ce­cilia Brooks was con­fi­dent of be­ing able to gather more than the 250 sig­na­tures re­quired to trig­ger a poll.

“The min­is­ter an­nounced an ad­ver­tise­ment is to be pub­lished by the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Ad­vi­sory Board on Novem­ber 5, ad­vis­ing elec­tors they have the right to re­quest a poll,” South Perth Mayor Sue Do­herty said.

“Elec­tors then have 28 days from the date of pub­li­ca­tion to com­plete the re­quired form to re­quest a poll.”

Vic­to­ria Park Mayor Trevor Vaughan said if both coun­cils had a poll and one came back say­ing the com­mu­nity didn’t want amal­ga­ma­tion, then it would fall through.

“We haven’t as a coun­cil made a decision; it is up to the com­mu­nity, not the coun­cil,” he said.

Mrs Do­herty said it would be a decision for coun­cil if it funded a cam­paign to en­cour­age the com­mu­nity to vote.

“My un­der­stand­ing is that the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Ad­vi­sory Board will put to­gether all the doc­u­men­ta­tion of ad­van­tages and dis­ad­van­tages that would go out to the com­mu­nity,” she said.

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