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CAN coun­cil­lors (Michelle) Sil­ver and (Ca­role) Frost of the Lake ward please ex­plain why the foot­paths and parks in the Arion Es­tate are in the cur­rent state of ne­glect con­sid­er­ing we are pay­ing the spec­i­fied area rate (SAR)?

The foot­paths are a trip­ping haz­ard and vast ar­eas are in des­per­ate need of water and in ar­eas the build-up of leaf lit­ter/bark is be­com­ing a fire haz­ard.

Elderly res­i­dents I have spo­ken to won't walk around the lake in the cool of the evening for fear of trip­ping and break­ing an arm or a leg.

This hasn't re­cently hap­pened, as I have no­ticed a down­ward trend in the main­te­nance of our pub­lic open space over the past few years.

The fol­low­ing state­ment from the City of Ar­madale web­site is cur­rently a joke:

“The pur­pose of the res­i­den­tial amenity ser­vices SAR is to main­tain, en­hance and renew the pub­lic open space pro­vided in the newer res­i­den­tial es­tates at a stan­dard higher than that which oc­curs with pub­lic-open-space through­out the re­main­der of the City.

“The SAR com­mences only at the time the City takes over main­te­nance re­spon­si­bil­ity from the de­vel­oper.

“It would be un­fair for ratepay­ers in other sub­urbs to sub­sidise a higher level of amenity in new sub­urbs.

“Care is also taken in the for­mula to en­sure prop­er­ties of higher val­u­a­tion are not 'dou­ble dipped' in the cal­cu­la­tion.

“Ev­ery cent col­lected by a SAR is spent in that spec­i­fied area."

Please don't blame the de­vel­oper for plant­ing the "in­cor­rect" trees as ul­ti­mately the City of Ar­madale ap­proved the de­vel­op­ment and land­scap­ing.

If the City of Ar­madale is in­ca­pable of main­tain­ing ba­sic ameni­ties, then maybe it is time for Har­ris­dale and Piara Waters to move to the City of Can­ning or Cock­burn? ALLAN WILKES, Har­ris­dale. LIT­TER IS BITTER CLEAN Up Aus­tralia has de­manded reg­is­tra­tion with it of those who pick up lit­ter on Clean Up Aus­tralia Day.

"All you have to do is go through the reg­is­tra­tion process ."

For­tu­nately, there are many other days of the year when I am el­i­gi­ble to col­lect rub­bish with­out be­ing pres­sured to reg­is­ter.

Lit­ter is a year-round is­sue. ALF CAMP­BELL, Ken­wick. TERRIBLE TV ISN’T it about time the TV sta­tions dug a lit­tle deeper into their vast archives of old film?

Their ef­forts lately have been abom­inable. We’ve seen chil­dren's an­i­ma­tion films shown in the evening, some re­peated ev­ery other week.

Why do we have to have for­eign lan­guage films on the three main sta­tions any­way when a mi­nor sta­tion could be ded­i­cated to han­dle them all?

The older gen­er­a­tion don't go out so much and are more likely to sit at home – hope­fully watch­ing a good film. BILL DAKING, Kings­ley.

Allan Wilkes took this picture of paths in need of re­pair which have be­come trip­ping haz­ards at Arion Es­tate.

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