Doubts on mergers
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