NEXT THE COST... AND WHO PAYS
AFTER years of speculation, too many articles to count and a culminating feeling of apathy, last week we were all re-energised with the Local Government Advisory Board’s release (such an appropriate word in this case) of proposed boundary changes for Perth’s reduced councils. In general, Belmont - apart from being understandably annoyed at the lack of poll provisions - and South Perth and Victoria Park have done reasonably well out of the carve up. Belmont will take the lead, claiming Kalamunda Shire within greatly expanded boundaries, while South Perth and Vic Park will amalgamate, allowing the community the democratic right to trigger poll provisions. The new entity keeps the Burswood Peninsula, making the Battle for Burswood a resounding success. Tomorrow councils find out a little more about how much all these changes will cost and who will pay - ratepayers are on notice.
Michele Nugent - Editor