City continues amalgamation battle
SOUTH PERTH TO JOIN OTHER COUNCILS IN COURT
THE City of South Perth will appear in court on November 25 after endorsing a move, to continue legal action against the State Government, at a special council meeting last week.
South Perth, Subiaco and SerpentineJarrahdale councils, with Vincent resident Ian Ker began legal proceedings and claimed the State Government breached laws for residents’ votes on mergers, forced councils to propose their demise and that the Local Government Advisory Board (LGAB) recommending new borders had conflicts of interest.
Although the LGAB recommended an amalgamation between the City of South Perth and the Town of Victoria Park along with retention of the Burswood Peninsula, the council still holds concerns about the process followed by the State Government in implementing the reform.
Residents from the Shire of SerpentineJarrahdale used a special council meeting to voice concerns that South Perth may pull out of the legal action.
The City said that while the council was supportive of reform in general, it thought the South Perth community deserved bet- ter treatment than it had been shown by the State Government.
Although South Perth residents will now be able to vote in a poll on the proposed amalgamation, residents of other local governments will not have this right.
South Perth also believed the State Government should provide a realistic level of funding and support for the cost of the implementation of its reform program.