An official referendum on council amalgamations is being planned in Perth's western suburbs as resistance to the State Government's merger plans heats up across the metropolitan area.
Nedlands and Mosman Park councils will hold a referendum asking residents whether they are for or against forcing the seven western suburbs councils to merge into a super council.
They have contacted the WA Electoral Commission about holding the referendum to co- incide with council elections on October 19.
The Government's deadline for submissions is just weeks away.
When the Government's blueprint to slash the number of metropolitan local governments from 30 to 14 was released in July councils were told only submissions that "conform" with the Government model would be considered.
But more councils say they will submit conflicting proposals or not send one at all, challenging the Government's ability to force amalgamations. Mosman Park mayor Ron Norris said it was not known how much a referendum would cost, but it would be a small price compared with the multimillion-dollar cost of amalgamations.
A Shire of Kalamunda referendum on mergers held in May cost $80,000.
"The Government put this G7 proposal forward with no real commitment on how amalgamations are to be funded," he said.
"This means that ratepayers might be forced to pay for this, and pay millions - they have a right to vote and have a say."
Mr Norris also said he believed the Government's plans to abolish poll provisions would not pass through Parliament.
More than 1100 people rallied in Fremantle yesterday and about 400 attended a Mt Lawley Society event on Wednesday - both in opposition to the State Government's merger plans.Fremantle mayor Brad Pettitt said the rally was about showing the port city had a unique character that needed to be preserved.