Days are numbered
AMALGAMATION between the City of South Perth and Town of Victoria Park looks increasingly likely with just 41 per cent and 32 per cent respectively of voting packages returned as of yesterday morning.
Voting is open to electors in South Perth and Victoria Park local government areas on the issue of amalgamation of the two councils to form the City of South Park.
But if less than 50 per cent of electors cast their votes, the votes will not be considered and amalgamation will go ahead from June 30.
Until the new council votes to keep or dismiss the name, about 50,000 residents will live in South Park.
Last week, the City of South Perth Residents Association held a rally to push up the participation rate.
Association chairwoman Cecilia Brooke said if they did not reach the 50 per cent mark, then it would be a waste for those who had already posted in their vote.
She also said it was the worst possible time for a vote to be held as people were still on holidays or busy getting back to work.
Town of Victoria Park Mayor Trevor Vaughan said while he could not predict the outcome of the poll, he was thankful people could cast their vote and have their voices heard.
City of South Perth Mayor Sue Doherty said the City had fought for residents to exercise their democratic right and was encouraging people to vote.
To be eligible, votes must be returned to the Western Australian Electoral Commission by 6pm on February 7.
■ Read next week’s Gazette for the full results and what it means for you.
South Perth Residents Association chairwoman Cecilia Brooke and residents rally to urge people to vote on amalgamation.