Hands off our City


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

SMIL­ING from ear to ear, City of South Perth Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion chair­woman Cecilia Brooke says the fight is over.

Just days af­ter the votes were counted and it was con­firmed South Perth res­i­dents killed off amal­ga­mat­ing with Vic­to­ria Park, Ms Brooke met rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Kwinana and East Fre­man­tle who were also suc­cess­ful in their fights against lo­cal gov- ern­ment re­form.

The three ex­changed sto­ries and basked in the glory of keep­ing their coun­cils as they are.

Ms Brooke said she was con­cerned about the vote be­ing car­ried out at an in­con­ve­nient time, but was glad they got over the line by just 0.83 per cent.

“We only have a small com­mit­tee but we are all equally pas­sion­ate to save the City of South Perth from be­com­ing the City of South Park,” she said.

“I call on the Pre­mier to re­scind the gover­nor’s or­ders.”

Pre­mier Colin Bar- nett told ABC Ra­dio that while he was dis­ap­pointed with the re­sults, he ac­cepted them with­out qual­i­fi­ca­tion.

“If ratepay­ers don't want to see change then that'll prob­a­bly be the case and the State Gov­ern­ment there­fore will have to man­age the big is­sues – plan­ning, ap­provals of projects, trans­port and en­vi­ron­men­tal man­age­ment – more on a gov­ern­ment depart­ment and more on a re­gional ba­sis,” Mr Bar­nett said.

Pic­ture: Elle Borg­ward

City of South Perth Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion’s Cecilia Brooke with Ian Critch­ley and Cliff Collinson.

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