Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - By DENISE S. CAHILL

WA Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment As­so­ci­a­tion (WALGA) pres­i­dent Troy Pickard has told Clare­mont coun­cil­lors and their mayor that the ba­sis for their pro­posal to with­hold mem­ber­ship pay­ments was “fun­da­men­tally flawed”.

In an email to the elected mem­bers last Thurs­day, Mr Pickard said he sus­pected coun­cil­lors had re­ceived in­cor­rect in­for­ma­tion about what would trig­ger polls on bound­ary ad­just­ments.

Clare­mont deputy mayor Bruce Haynes is con­cerned that word­ing in the WALGA State Coun­cil agenda for Septem­ber 3 – “through the As­so­ci­a­tion’s nor­mal de­ci­sion- mak­ing pro­cesses” – would leave a fi­nal de­ci­sion on what will trig­ger a poll to the State Coun­cil rather than lo­cal coun­cils, as agreed on at the Au­gust 6 WALGA AGM.

Cr Haynes said the eas­i­est so­lu­tion was for the State Coun­cil to re­scind “the of­fend­ing mo­tion” from a July 2 WALGA meet­ing that “en­sured small coun­cils did not have the right to de­ter­mine their own fate”.

This Thurs­day he will present two items at the WALGA cen­tral zone meet­ing – one that State Coun­cil en­dorse not mak­ing the de­ci­sion about what trig­gers a poll and a sec­ond to re­scind the July 2 mo­tion.

Cr Haynes pre­sented an ur­gent item at last week’s Clare­mont Coun­cil meet­ing sug­gest­ing the Town with- hold about $27,000, which is due to­mor­row, from WALGA un­til af­ter the State Coun­cil meet­ing, pro­vided it does not af­fect their in­sur­ance cover that is in­cluded in the mem­ber­ship.

Cr Peter Browne was a lone voter against the mo­tion be­cause he wanted more time to con­sider it. Cr Paul Kelly de­clared a fi­nan­cial in­ter­est in the item so did not vote.

Mr Pickard said Clare­mont would lose mem­ber en­ti­tle­ments, in­clud­ing in­sur­ance through LGIS, if they chose not to pay the mem­ber­ship fee and were sub­se­quently ter­mi­nated.

He said the mo­tion raised at the re­cent WALGA an­nual gen­eral meet­ing did not dif­fer from the as­so­ci­a­tion’s ini­tial stance on amal­ga­ma­tion.

“The AGM mo­tion asks the State Coun­cil to re­in­force its for­mally adopted po­si­tion of giv­ing the com­mu­nity a say in sig­nif­i­cant bound­ary ad­just­ments,” Mr Pickard said.

“The mo­tion merely seeks fur­ther def­i­ni­tion of the word sig­nif­i­cant.”

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