Doubts on merg­ers

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Your Favourite Things -

MERG­ERS face more doubt af­ter East Fre­man­tle, Kwinana and South Perth ratepay­ers re­jected change in week­end polls that need to be held be­fore the pro­posed City of Ri­versea is formed.

“I think it was a most sig­nif­i­cant re­sult that demon­strates the com­mu­nity is against this,” Ned­lands Mayor Max Hip­kins said.

Amal­ga­mat­ing Ned­lands, Clare­mont, Cottes­loe, Pep­per­mint Grove and Mos­man Park, once the State Gov­ern­ment fi­nalises new City of Perth leg­is­la­tion and bor­ders, trig­gers a res­i­dents’ poll that needs a 50 per cent turnout to be valid.

Af­ter count­ing closed last Satur­day, 54.6 per cent of East Fre­man­tle’s 5178 elec­tors voted 2145 against and 680 in favour of amal­ga­ma­tion with City of Fre­man­tle.

At South Perth, 26,789 elec­tors man­aged a 50.8 per cent turnout that re­jected join­ing Vic­to­ria Park 10,572 votes to 3026, while 52.93 per cent of Kwinana’s 18,209 elec­tors voted 8462 to 1156 to re­ject neigh­bour­ing Cock­burn.

Mr Hip­kins said the re­sults meant the Gov­ern­ment now had to re­con­sider its merger plans for the west­ern sub­urbs and it was “pos­si­ble” a “con­trived” process of bor­der changes over sev­eral years could be de­vel­oped that did not trig­ger a poll.

The polls’ im­pli­ca­tions will be dis­cussed at a meet­ing of Coun­cils for Democ­racy to­mor­row

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