Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Opinion -

THERE is in­creas­ing anger in our com­mu­nity as more res­i­dents re­alise that the planned forced amal­ga­ma­tion of the City of South Perth and the Town of Vic­to­ria Park will be of lit­tle or no ben­e­fit to the com­mu­nity.

The es­ti­mated cost of amal­ga­ma­tion in ex­cess of $10 mil­lion for South Perth alone will be borne by the ratepay­ers and renters through high an­nual rate in­creases.

The Gov­ern­ment still has not pre­pared any business plan for the amal­ga­ma­tions, and still can­not quan­tify what def­i­nite ben­e­fits there will be.

Surely, we can learn and avoid the ex­pe­ri­ence of four com­mu­ni­ties in Queens­land who elected to de-amal­ga­mate after the forced amal­ga­ma­tions of 2008.

At sub­stan­tial cost, they found large and un­re­spon­sive coun­cils more than out­weighed any so­called “economies of scale”.

The only ben­e­fi­cia­ries will be the prop­erty de­vel­op­ers who will have even more free­dom to im­pose their high-rise de­vel­op­ments within our res­i­den­tial ar­eas.

We call on the mayor to list what the cost of the amal­ga­ma­tion ex­er­cise has been to date for the City of South Perth.

In ad­di­tion, what are the likely fi­nal costs to the City and what es­ti­mated rate in­creases.

Fi­nally, what is the cost of a new ad­min­is­tra­tion build­ing for the amal­ga­mated coun­cils and what guar­an­tee is there that the mil­lions of dol­lars of re­serve funds ear­marked for the Man­ning Hub and

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