Group aims to rally votes
THE City of South Perth Residents’ Association will spend the next two weeks campaigning for electors to vote in a voluntary poll on local government reform.
The group has been fundraising for material and plans to canvass the City with its message to vote ‘no’ to an amalgamation between South Perth and Victoria Park councils.
The association said it had three main concerns – rate rises, loss of democracy and the “arrogant” way reform came about.
Chairwoman Cecilia Brooke said there would be so many “wasted costs” in amalgamating that rate payers would need to fund.
“We don’t know what the overall cost is going to even be,” she said.
South Perth Mayor Sue Doherty also holds concerns about funding.
“We have serious concerns about the huge gap between the actual costs of reform and the amount of funding made available by the State Government to be shared amongst 12 local governments,” she said.
Kensington resident and association member Rob Mulder described the way reform came about from the State Government as “arrogant”.
The association is encouraging every elector to vote after volunteers gathered the required 250 signatures to give them the opportunity.