Two former City of Perth councillors-turned MPs, Alannah MacTiernan and Eleni Evangel, yesterday teamed up to criticise the council for being reluctant to accept a united City of Vincent into its boundaries.
The Perth representatives in the Federal and State parliaments, who sit on opposite sides of the political divide, told a rally in North Perth yesterday it was unfair the City of Perth was standing in the way of a full amalgamation.
Their call comes after Premier Colin Barnett said last month he had no objection to Vincent being fully absorbed by Perth as long as Perth agreed, which it had so far been reluctant to do.
Under the original State Government local government reforms proposed in July, Vincent would be split between the cities of Stirling and Perth.
Addressing residents waving "One in, all in" placards, Ms MacTiernan, the newly elected Federal Labor MP for Perth, said it was wrong for the City of Perth to be allowed to "cherrypick" parts of its neighbours it wanted.
Ms Evangel, the State Liberal MP for Perth, said she would continue to lobby her Government for all of Vincent to go into Perth.
She was disappointed at the City of Perth's reluctance to embrace the move.
Ms Evangel said she had heard that the council wanted to focus on absorbing businesses rather than ratepayers. "It's people who make a city," she said.
Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi said the City of Perth was still finalising its formal position but its responsibility was to its ratepayers.
"The City of Perth as the capital city authority must stay focused on its more specific charter of capital city economic development and therefore boundaries that are most considerate of that will likely be our priority," she said.
Mr Barnett's local government reforms have come under attack from councils in recent days.The City of Cockburn has passed a resolution opposing any merger with neighbouring Kwinana unless ratepayers are allowed a say, and Stirling has called for the retention of Wembley Downs, Churchlands and Woodlands.