Petition left unpresented
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.