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.