NEXT THE COST... AND WHO PAYS

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Opinion -

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

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