City of Perth Act ref­er­en­dum plans

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion -

THE City of Su­bi­aco will in­ves­ti­gate hold­ing a ref­er­en­dum on the im­pact of the pro­posed City of Perth Act dur­ing the Oc­to­ber lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tions.

At a meet­ing last month, coun­cil­lors voted 10-1 for staff to re­port on the costs and po­ten­tial ref­er­en­dum ques­tion.

Coun­cil­lor Lyn­ley Hewett said the ref­er­en­dum would ask Su­bi­aco ratepay­ers to vote on whether they sup­ported los­ing 17 per cent of the elec­torate (Hol­ly­wood and Crawley) area, ratepay­ers and rates un­der the pro­posed Act.

Cr Hewett said the City’s re­cent sur­vey on the Act was “flawed” as the ques­tion was worded in­cor­rectly.

Cr Scott Ar­buckle said the ref­er­en­dum would “at­tack with all its fire­power to iso­late a weak­ness” in the Act.

Ned­lands coun­cil­lors unan­i­mously ap­proved a mo­tion for its chief ex­ec­u­tive to cam­paign gov­ern­ment de­part­ments to with­draw clause 37 from the Act at a meet­ing last week.

The staff rec­om­men­da­tion said clause 37 “may be used to jus­tify the an­nex­a­tion of just about any area that the City of Perth may de­cide that it wants”, such as the pro­posed bound­ary change to in­clude the Univer­sity of WA and QEII Med­i­cal Cen­tre in Perth.

Mayor Max Hip­kins said the City sup­ported a cap­i­tal city Act “in prin­ci­ple”.

“The City of Perth should have a spe­cial act, gov­er­nance, trans­parency and re­port­ing that re­flects the high value of de­ci­sions it makes,” he said.

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