Group aims to rally votes

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Belmont South Perth -

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.

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