WA Premier Colin Barnett may need to rethink the council merger plan.

The Barnett government’s council mergers plan is in disarray with a number of council resident polls on the proposal likely to return a “no” vote.

The state government wanted to reduce the number of metropolitan councils from 30 down to 16, as part of the $60 million amalgamation plan.

The merger of South Perth and Victoria Park could see the creation of South Park, the name of an American TV series.

But five councils, Victoria Park, Kwinana, East Fremantle, Cockburn and South Perth lodged a petition with the state government demanding the right to hold a Dadour poll.

Ratepayers living in council areas subject to amalgamations got the chance to vote on the mergers.

If more than 50 per cent of electors voted in the poll and the majority vote was against the mergers, Local Government Minister Tony Simpson must scrap that planned merger.

Colin Barnett first announced the plans from the rooftop of Perth's Central Park office tower on SundayColin Barnett first announced the plans from the rooftop of Perth’s Central Park office tower on Sunday

As of 3pm on Thursday, more than 51.5 per cent of ratepayers in the Town of Kwinana had voted against merging with northern neighbours Cockburn.

And East Fremantle council was tracking in a similar fashion, with more than 50.5 per cent of ratepayers rejecting the Barnett government’s plans for it to merge with big brother Fremantle.

Victoria Park council was going down to the wire with a tick over 48 per cent of ratepayers saying no to plans to merge with South Perth.

It means the new City of South Park may never see the light of day.

Fremantle mayor Brad Pettitt said he was disappointed the merger plan with with East Fremantle was effectively dead.

“Now that the East Fremantle poll is over 50 per cent voter turnout it’d be reasonable to assume the whole amalgamation is off – especially given there was no one making the yes case for the merger,” he said.

“Assuming that’s the case Fremantle council will still seek for Palmyra and Bicton to come to Freo from Melville and Hamilton Hill and North Coogee from Cockburn.”

“While we’d be disappointed if this is the result given the huge Freo community support for a greater Fremantle area  I believe we need to respect their democratic decision and I won’t be pushing for a boundary with East Fremantle in it.”

Kwinana mayor Carol Adams, an outspoken opponent of the state government plan, wasn’t popping the champagne just yet.

“We will wait until Saturday,” she said.

“Look, it’s been a great community effort and we would like the government to accept the decision.”

East Fremantle mayor Jim O’Neill said the whole local government reform process was now in doubt.

“There is nothing but utter confusion now,” he said.

“A lot of councils will be sitting down to think where to from here?”

Polls close at 6pm on Saturday.

The state government has been contacted for comment.