City re­jects bid for fund­ing

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

THE City of South Perth will not pro­vide fund­ing to com­mu­nity groups to cam­paign on its com­ing amal­ga­ma­tion with Vic­to­ria Park.

Coun­cil­lors re­solved not to pro­vide the fund­ing at a spe­cial coun­cil meet­ing last month.

City of South Perth Res­i­dents’ As­so­ci­a­tion chair­woman Ce­cilia Brooke moved a mo­tion at an elec­tors’ meet­ing that the City con­sider pro­vid­ing the com­mu­nity groups with up to $10,000 for amal­ga­ma­tion cam­paigns.

The coun­cil re­jected the fund­ing for sev­eral rea­sons, in­clud­ing the po­ten­tial risk that com­mu­nity groups could pro­duce mis­lead­ing in­for­ma­tion.

“The City does not have the re­sources to mon­i­tor and re­view in­for- ma­tion pre­pared for cir­cu­la­tion by an un­known num­ber of com­mu­nity groups in relation to their ac­tiv­i­ties, which un­der this pro­posal would be funded by the City,” the re­port said.

Another rea­son for not sup­port­ing the fund­ing was that the City had al­ready pro­duced in­for­ma­tion for res­i­dents about the ad­van­tages and dis­ad­van­tages of amal­ga­ma­tion.

But after the mo­tion was knocked back at the coun­cil meet­ing, Mrs Brooke said she was pleased with the re­sult be­cause now the group wouldn’t be “re­stricted to the City’s con­di­tions”.

“We can tell peo­ple the truth now,” she said.

Elec­tors will be able to cast their votes on amal­ga­ma­tion from this week, as the lodge­ment of elec­tion pack­ages with Aus­tralia Post is sched­uled for to­mor­row.

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