Vot­ers slow to have say


Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Front Page - Su­sanne Reilly

AS of Fri­day, Jan­uary 23, only 23 per cent of elec­tors in the South Perth and Vic­to­ria Park coun­cil ar­eas had re­turned bal­lots in the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Re­form Postal Vot­ing Poll – well be­low the 50 per cent needed in each coun­cil for the votes to even be con­sid­ered.

Elec­tors have been given the op­por­tu­nity to vote for or against an amal­ga­ma­tion of the two coun­cils to cre­ate an in­terim City of South Park, but need at least a 50 per cent vote re­turn rate for the re­sults to be con­sid­ered.

The re­sults of the ref­er­en­dum un­der the Dadour Pro­vi­sions in the City of South Perth will af­fect the Town of Vic­to­ria Park and vice versa.

If more than the re­quired 50 per cent of elec- tors vote in the poll in ei­ther of the coun­cils and the majority vote against the rec­om­men­da­tion for an amal­ga­ma­tion, the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Min­is­ter is re­quired to re­ject it and the amal­ga­ma­tion can­not go ahead.

City of South Perth Mayor Sue Do­herty said South Perth had long ad­vo­cated and fought to en­sure res­i­dents were able to ex­er­cise their demo­cratic right on the pro­posed amal­ga­ma­tion.

“The City of South Perth strongly urges all res­i­dents and ratepay­ers to vote in the poll on the pro­posed amal­ga­ma­tion,” she said.

“Now is the time to speak up for the fu­ture of our com­mu­nity.”

Town of Vic­to­ria Park Mayor Trevor Vaughan said if the ‘ no’ vote did win, the work al­ready done by the coun­cil would not go to waste.

“Even if the amal­ga­ma­tion doesn't pro­ceed, the work done so far for lo­cal gov­ern­ment re­form has fast tracked what the Town was hop­ing to achieve long term any­way – a new model of lo­cal gov­er­nance that is truly cus­tomer fo­cused,” he said.

If you have misplaced your vot­ing pack­age, re­place­ments are avail­able from the City of South Perth and the Town of Vic­to­ria Park.

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