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Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Local Government Reform -

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.

Pic­ture: David Baylis

South Perth Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion chair­woman Cecilia Brooke and res­i­dents rally to urge peo­ple to vote on amal­ga­ma­tion.

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