Voters slow to have say
MORE NEEDED TO TAKE PART IN POLL
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.