Pe­ti­tion left un­pre­sented

Southern Gazette (Belmont) - - NEWS - Aaron Cor­lett

SOUTH Perth res­i­dent Harry An­stey is dis­ap­pointed that South Perth MLA John Mc­Grath has re­fused to ta­ble his pe­ti­tion about the fore­shore in Par­lia­ment.

The pe­ti­tion asks the Leg­isla­tive Assem­bly to re­ject the City of South Perth’s man­age­ment or­der for part of the South Perth Fore­shore, which would al­low “im­per­ma­nent food, bev­er­age and other en­ter­tain­ment events” in ad­di­tion to the ex­ist­ing des­ig­nated pur­pose of “recre­ation”.

The pe­ti­tion says al­low­ing the pro­posed im­per­ma­nent uses could in­clude build­ings and the pro­vi­sion of non-recre­ational ser­vices which were al­ready avail­able from the ad­ja­cent ar­eas of Mends Street and Mill Point Road.

It ref­er­ences the City of South Perth’s Spe­cial Elec­tors Meet­ing on June 8, when five mo­tions were passed con­cern­ing the Wes­tralian Cen­tre, in­clud­ing op­po­si­tion to the con­cept and the de­sire for no more com­mer­cial build­ings.

Mr Mc­Grath said he had spo­ken to mul­ti­ple par­ties in­volved and he was con­vinced that the City’s res­o­lu­tion served to as­sure the fu­ture of events that were al­ready hap­pen­ing on Sir James Mitchell Park.

“With­out this res­o­lu­tion and amend­ment to the man­age­ment or­der of re­serve, events that have been hap­pen­ing (and are likely to con­tinue to hap­pen) in Sir James Mitchell Park could be open to chal­lenge,” he said.

“This in­cludes the Mil­lion Paws Walk, South Perth Fi­esta, Aus­tralia Day, Es­ther Foun­da­tion run, and con­certs – all events and ac­tiv­i­ties that I sup­port – and are great for the South Perth com­mu­nity and lo­cal busi­nesses.

“I also re­ceived ad­vice in­form­ing me that some of the de­tails in­cluded in the pe­ti­tion are er­ro­neous and dis­putable.”

Mr An­stey said he was re­view­ing the sit­u­a­tion but was dis­ap­pointed the views of 900 peo­ple who signed the pe­ti­tion were be­ing cen­sored.

The City of South Perth re­fused to com­ment.

John Mc­Grath

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