MacTiernan backs Perth marriage

‘we are an inner-city council, not a sprawling urban shire, and we have lots in common with them’

VINCENT mayor Alannah MacTiernan says the best outcome for Vincent is to be swallowed up by Perth in forthcoming council amalgamations.

The state-backed Robson Report suggests 12 super councils, each with about 250,000 residents.

Cr MacTiernan says it is unrealistic to expect Vincent’s boundaries will remain intact.

“Let’s be realistic about this, it is likely that under the Robson model we will be forced to amalgamate with another council,” she says.

“I would rather become part of Perth than Stirling, as we are an inner-city council, not a sprawling urban shire, and we have lots in common with them.

“I think as a team we could achieve great things, under the proviso that we had adequate representation in the merged council.”

Ms MacTiernan says she hasn’t given any thought as to whether she would run for lord mayor in a merged Perth-Vincent council.

She says she supports the WA local government association’s preference for 15-20 councils.

Deadline for submissions on the Robson Report is April 7.

by STEPHEN POLLOCK

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