Move to con­trol elec­tion costs

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

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.

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