Move to control election costs
IN an effort to have commissioners in place for as little time as possible before councillor elections can be held in the new City of South Park, the Town of Victoria Park will send another ward proposal to the Local Government Advisory Board.
Because the Town and the City of South Perth did not formally agree during their separate June submissions on how many wards and councillors should make up the new entity, the LGAB has automatically recommended it have 12 councillors and no wards.
But the Town is concerned that the larger oneward area and an increase in electors, including those from a portion of the City of Canning, could increase the costs of election campaigns and extraordinary elections.
Its new proposal for 12 councillors and six wards will be the same as that recommended in June by the City of South Perth. It was also the position Victoria Park officers recommended councillors take for the Town’s June sub- mission, but councillors voted to support a 10 councillor-five ward option.
The Town’s latest submission will also request an October 2015 election. If the new ward proposal was left until after the new entity forms under commissioners after June 30, 2015, there would not be enough time for the wards to be ready for October elections, with commissioners being retained until March 2016.