City of Perth Act referendum plans
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.