Ref­er­en­dum can­celled

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

SU­BI­ACO Coun­cil­lors can­celled plans for a ref­er­en­dum on the City of Perth Act at a coun­cil meet­ing last month.

Coun­cil voted 8-2 in July for staff to pre­pare a re­port on the costs and pos­si­ble ques­tions for a ref­er­en­dum to be held dur­ing the Oc­to­ber lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tion, ask­ing res­i­dents’ opin­ion on the po­ten­tial loss of its south ward to the City of Perth.

But af­ter the Au­gust 25 staff re­port sug­gested the ref­er­en­dum posed “a num­ber of risks” such as par­tic­i­pants be­liev­ing the ref­er­en­dum was bind­ing, Coun­cil voted not to pro­ceed with the ref­er­en­dum.

“If peo­ple vote in a par­tic­u­lar way they will ex­pect that ac­tion to be taken and fail­ure to im­ple­ment is seen as fail­ure by the City,’ the re­port said.

Cr Julie Mathe­son said the ref­er­en­dum could “muddy the wa­ters” on the is­sue.

“It is im­por­tant to fol­low the staff on this mat­ter,” she said.

De­spite the staff re­port, Cr Lyn­ley Hewett said the com­mu­nity still de­served to be asked.

“That is the prin­ci­ple of the Dadour amend­ment, and this is the area that the Dadour amend­ment ac­tu­ally started,” Cr Hewett said. “We should give the peo­ple the op­por­tu­nity to vote.”

Cr Mur­ray Rowe said the ref­er­en­dum would have been a risk.

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