Com­mit­tee to re-form

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

AL­THOUGH de­scrib­ing it as a “ploy” and “black­mail”, City of South Perth coun­cil­lors agreed to re­join the Lo­cal Im­ple­men­ta­tion Com­mit­tee (LIC) for amal­ga­ma­tion with the Town of Vic­to­ria Park, and at­tend met­ro­pol­i­tan im­ple­men­ta­tion meet­ings.

The LIC pro­vides a frame­work for the merger of the two coun­cils, and part of Canning.

South Perth with­drew from it in May, protest­ing at the State Govern­ment’s un­der­whelm­ing fund­ing com­mit­ments for the process.

On Novem­ber 4, the City re­solved not to re-es­tab­lish the com­mit­tee un­til Gov­er­nor’s Or­ders were is­sued, or there was an out­come from the Supreme Court ac­tion.

Coun­cil was ad­vised by the Depart­ment of Lo­cal Govern­ment and Com­mu­ni­ties that Govern­ment fund­ing was con­tin­gent on es­tab­lish­ment and op­er­a­tion of an LIC.

“We’re pleased we can now con­tinue the process through the LIC and to build on the good work al­ready done,” Vic­to­ria Park Mayor Trevor Vaughan said.

South Perth rep­re­sen­ta­tives on the com­mit­tee will be Mayor Sue Do­herty and coun­cil­lors Kevin Trent, Sharron Hawkins-Zeeb and Fiona Reid.

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