FREMANTLE council’s bid to ditch January 26 as Australia Day got a huge boost on Tuesday, with the national peak body for councils voting to lobby the Turnbull government for a change of date.
The Australian Local Government Association’s general assembly voted narrowly (64-62) in support of the move, with the organisation’s board to meet in July to map out a campaign strategy.
Late last year Freo council caused a huge stir by ditching its traditional Australia Day activities, earning censure from the Turnbull government which threatened to take away its power to hold citizenship ceremonies.
Mayor Brad Pettitt says this week’s ALGA vote was an “interesting and unexpected development”.
“It is good to see that this conversation is continuing around the nation,” Dr Pettitt said.
“There is a long way to go before there is wider change, but from little and local things, big national things grow.”