Com­mit­tee axing could be costly

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

NEED A TRADIE? SOUTH Perth Coun­cil must re­con­sider its decision not to re-es­tab­lish the lo­cal im­ple­men­ta­tion com­mit­tee (LIC) or face the pos­si­bil­ity of not re­ceiv­ing fund­ing for lo­cal gov­ern­ment re­form.

The LIC was formed by the City of South Perth and Town of Vic­to­ria Park to pro­vide a frame­work for the merger of the two coun­cils and part of Can­ning.

South Perth with­drew par­tic­i­pa­tion from the com­mit­tee in May as a protest to the State Gov­ern­ment and said it would not re­join un­til the Gov­ern­ment hon­oured fund­ing com­mit­ments.

There has been no for­mal con­tact re­gard­ing re­form with the Town since.

At a spe­cial coun­cil meet­ing on Novem­ber 4, the coun­cil re­solved to not re-es­tab­lish the com­mit­tee un­til there was an out­come from the Supreme Court ac­tion the City is par­tic­i­pat­ing in or the is­sue of the Gov­er­nor’s Or­ders.

The coun­cil has now been ad­vised by the Depart­ment of Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment and Com­mu­ni­ties (DLGC) that gov­ern­ment fund­ing was con­tin­gent on the es­tab­lish­ment and op­er­a­tion of an LIC.

Ac­cord­ing to the DLGC Met­ro­pol­i­tan Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Re­form Fund­ing Pack­age Fund­ing Guide­lines, it is a con­di­tion that two rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the De­part- ment are in­cluded as a non-vot­ing mem­ber on the lo­cal im­ple­men­ta­tion com­mit­tee es­tab­lished as a gov­er­nance mech­a­nism to progress the merger.

Vic­to­ria Park Mayor Trevor Vaughan said the Town fully re­spected the right of South Perth to de­cide its po­si­tion in relation to lo­cal gov­ern­ment re­form.

Coun­cil­lors de­scribed it as a “ploy” and “black­mail” but are due to make their decision at the South Perth meet­ing tonight.

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