North Coast Weekender - - Opinion -

AS a long-time res­i­dent in Cur­ram­bine, I would like to ex­press my strong­est op­po­si­tion to the art cen­tre pro­posal.

I feel that in the cur­rent eco­nomic cli­mate, com­bined with a WA La­bor gov­ern­ment in­creas­ing prices of ev­ery­thing, the last thing Joon­dalup ratepay­ers need is a $100 mil­lion-plus debt to re­pay.

Es­pe­cially when con­sid­er­ing that sim­i­lar fa­cil­i­ties al­ready ex­ist at Edith Cowan Univer­sity next door to the en­vis­aged site of the mayor’s pet project, as well as at a num­ber of private schools within the City of Joon­dalup.

If such a per­pet­u­ally mon­ey­los­ing stand­alone art cen­tre is so “ur­gently” needed, why not gift the ground to ECU un­der agree­ment that ECU will eval­u­ate vi­a­bil­ity and take own­er­ship of the project as an ex­pan­sion of cam­pus fa­cil­i­ties.

Un­like Joon­dalup, ECU could even ap­ply for State and Fed­eral sup­port.

So dear Mr Pickard and your fel­low free-spend­ing coun­cil­lors:

Kindly get back to the ground from your cloud nine and fo­cus on the peo­ple you are sup­posed to serve, namely the long-suffering Joon­dalup ratepay­ers. MILO RES, Cur­ram­bine

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