City con­tin­ues amal­ga­ma­tion bat­tle

SOUTH PERTH TO JOIN OTHER COUN­CILS IN COURT

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Local Government Reform - Su­sanne Reilly

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.

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