VOTE FOR YOUR FUTURE
COMMUNITY NEWSPAPERS SAYS: IT’S NOT YOUR RIGHT, IT’S YOUR RESPONSIBILITY
PERTH’S residents have a woeful record of voting in local government elections and it’s well beyond time that changed.
Quite frankly, if you can’t be bothered checking a box on a ballot paper that has been delivered to your house and then taking it to a mailbox, you have no right to complain about all of the things councils do that affect your daily life.
At the last two local government elections in 2013 and 2015, an average of just 27.49 per cent voted in the City Bayswater and Town of Bassendean elections. Across metropolitan Perth, the average was an appalling 27.5%.
Do you not care about the impost of rates on your hip pocket during tough economic times?
Are you unconcerned about high-rise buildings popping up in surrounding streets?
Concerned your street has become a raceway for young hoons? Did you vote?
Postal votes will arrive in your letterbox from September 27 if there is a contest in your area. We implore you to fill it in and take it straight to the mailbox. It is your duty and responsibility.
MAYLANDS is one of the priority areas to be targeted as part of a three-month focus on stealing from cars in the Central Metropolitan District, according to Bayswater police officer-incharge John Waghorn.
The district covers stations in Bayswater, Kiara, Perth and Wembley.
Senior Sergeant Waghorn said there were 18 incidents of stealing from cars from September 11-18.
“People are still leaving $10,000 to $12,000 worth of laptops and iPhones in vehicles parked and unlocked on the verge overnight,” he said.
“We are getting a significant amount of valuable property knocked off from within cars, including wallets and purses that contain credit cards, which are then used to conduct fraudulent PayPass transactions.”
Sgt Waghorn said officers had increased patrols, called victims for potential forensic evidence and serial numbers of stolen property, and performed leaflet drops.
“People are moving away from breaking into your home because they can steal the same items left in an unattended vehicle overnight with no risk of going to jail,” he said.
Sgt Waghorn said there was also a focus on stealing from cars in Bayswater, Mt Lawley, Inglewood and Bedford.
City of Bayswater South ward candidate and Maylands Ratepayers and Residents Association president Elli Peterson-Pik said if elected, he would advocate for the City to do more to prevent property crimes and upgrade street lighting.
Candidate Robyn Walsh said she would lobby State Government agencies to seek early intervention to reduce property crime.
Fellow candidate Kate Thomson said she would lobby for faster police attendance and development of a shop front design guideline for the Maylands town centre to increase surveillance.
Shelia Davies, Gail Williams and Jess Nesbitt will be voting in the local goverment elections.