Trigger-happy association wants poll
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.