A group of Bentleigh East residents have plans to ‘secede’ from their local council of Glen Eira to form an independent municipality.
The rebel group is planning to challenge their right to exist as a legal municipality under the 1989 Local Government Act. However, the Council describes their efforts as ‘futile’.
The rebel group has organized a procession next Saturday at 10am; the rebel group will march from the spotted Dog Café on Centre Road in Bentleigh, to Glen Eira Town Hall. The Council maintains that despite this, they will still not agree to meet with the group.
The rebel group claims the Council have ignored their needs and requests for too long now, and are fed up with receiving higher charges than surrounding suburbs, according to rebel group leader, ‘Colonel’ Darren Wicklow.
Last week’s rate rise for the Bentleigh residents further enraged the group who feel they are subsidising the inefficiencies of the Council.
‘It’s independence or war’, says rebel group leader,’ says Mr. Wicklow.