SUBIACO RES­I­DENTS OP­POSE PERTH MOVE

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - By ROSANNA CANDLER

AN in­de­pen­dent phone sur­vey last week found 65 per cent of Subiaco south ward res­i­dents were op­posed to be­ing in­cluded in the City of Perth Act.

The re­sult was more than 30 per cent less than that of a res­i­den­tial group sur­vey, which door­knocked 140 res­i­dents to find 97 per cent were against the Act.

Ned­lands MLA Bill Marmion last month said he was hes­i­tant to en­dorse the res­i­dents' sur­vey, ti­tled Hands off Subiaco City of Perth Takeover, be­cause it was “po­ten­tially mis­lead­ing” and sub­jec­tive. Chief ex­ec­u­tive Ian Hill said the City’s Catal­yse sur­vey en­dorsed the south ward’s “over­whelm­ing de­sire” to re­main part of Subiaco.

“The data from the sur­vey clearly in­di­cates that Subiaco is the lo­cal gov­ern­ment that res­i­dents want to re­main in,” Mr Hill said.

“Ev­ery mem­ber of the com­mu­nity is im­por­tant, and the over­whelm­ing sup­port of res­i­dents reaf­firms the City’s po­si­tion on hav­ing the Act amended (to re­tain res­i­den­tial ar­eas).”

Un­der the pro­posed changes, more than 1300 prop­er­ties south of Aber­dare Road in Hol­ly­wood and Craw­ley would be­come part of the City of Perth.

Mayor Heather Hen­der­son said she would write to Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Min­is­ter Tony Simp­son re­gard­ing the sur­vey re­sults, and urged all mem­bers of Par­lia­ment to scru­ti­nise the leg­is­la­tion.

“The leg­is­la­tion was an­nounced with­out any con­sul­ta­tion with the com­mu­nity and with­out any in­ten­tion to seek feed­back from the af­fected res­i­dents or, in­deed, the op­por­tu­nity to have a poll,” Mrs Hen­der­son said, adding the changes were not in res­i­dents’ best in­ter­ests.

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