Bat­tle for Bur­swood still far from over

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Local Government Reform -

LO­CAL MPs from both po­lit­i­cal par­ties will con­tinue the fight to re­tain the Bur­swood penin­sula within the pro­posed City of South Park.

After the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Ad­vi­sory Board (LGAB) rec­om­mended the penin­sula stay within the newly formed lo­cal gov­ern­ment, the State Gov­ern­ment re­vealed it would be re­viewed in five years and that the penin­sula could still go to the City of Perth in 2019.

South Perth Lib­eral MLA John McGrath said it was un­ac­cept­able.

“When I and some of my Par­lia­men­tary col­leagues sup­ported South Perth in its bid to amal­ga­mate with Vic­to­ria Park, I did so, on the ex­plicit con­di­tion that Bur­swood re­mained within the bound­ary of the new city,” he said. “Now we are told by the gov­ern­ment that the sit­u­a­tion will be re­viewed in five years’ time.”

Vic­to­ria Park La­bor MLA Ben Wy­att echoed the con­cerns.

“It is clear the Premier still has plans to strip the Bur­swood penin­sula away and gift it to the City of Perth,” he said.

South Perth and Vic­to­ria Park may­ors Sue Do­herty and Trevor Vaughan agreed the State Gov­ern­ment would have a fight on its hands if it tried to take Bur­swood.

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