City rejects bid for funding
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.