Re­flec­tions on big year of change

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Season’s Greetings -

Swan MHR Steve Irons

When re­flect­ing on 2014 it is ev­i­dent Swan res­i­dents have gained much, with more than $2.6 bil­lion in­vested by the Gov­ern­ment.

I’ve con­tin­ued to de­liver on my plan to im­ple­ment crime preven­tion tech­nolo­gies and unique en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­grams across Swan, de­velop com­mu­nity in­fra­struc­ture and lo­cal road up­grades and con­tinue stand­ing up for res­i­dents af­fected by air­craft noise.

A num­ber of high­lights have in­cluded se­cur­ing fund­ing for:

■ The $1 bil­lion Gate­way WA and $1.6 bil­lion Perth Freight Link projects

■ $1 mil­lion to support the en­vi­ron­men­tal health of the Swan-Can­ning River Sys­tem and an­nounc­ing Green Army projects at Gar­vey Park and Tomato Lake

■ NBN roll­outs in South Perth, Como, River­vale, Bur­swood, Welsh­pool and St James, with an ad­di­tional 18 sub­urbs to be rolled out over the next 18 months

■ Almost $13 mil­lion to support ed­u­ca­tion ini­tia­tives

■ $13.6 mil­lion in lo­cal gov­ern­ment grants

■ $100,000 for ad­di­tional CCTV at Bel­mont Fo­rum and Bel­mont Vil­lage, and

■ $45,000 for the City of South Perth to con­duct an aquatic cen­tre fea­si­bil­ity study. I have con­tin­ued to fight to: ■ Com­bat crime on the Ar­madale-Thorn­lie train line, seek­ing res­i­dent feed­back with about 240 sur­veys al­ready re­ceived, and dis- cussing the im­ple­men­ta­tion of a trial pro­gram to re­duce train crime.

■ The West Coast Ea­gles’ re­lo­ca­tion to Lath­lain Park – 99-year lease agree­ment with the Town of Vic­to­ria Park signed.

■ Barba­gallo Ball­park – Rais­ing aware­ness of the $20 mil­lion re­de­vel­op­ment plan.

We look for­ward to an even brighter fu­ture in 2015. I hope 2015 brings you good health and pros­per­ity.

Vic­to­ria Park MLA Ben Wy­att

It’s a good time to re­flect on what a busy and vi­brant year it has been for Vic­to­ria Park.

Some of the main is­sues raised with me this year in­cluded pres­sures on the hous­ing mar­ket, fund­ing cuts to lo­cal schools, and cost-of-liv­ing is­sues.

Ear­lier this year, I dis­trib­uted a news­let­ter to se­niors, fo­cus­ing on the State Bud­get. I was over­whelmed by the re­sponses, some of which I used in Par­lia­ment.

The an­nual “Home­less Con­nect” event was held in Bur­swood in May. My of­fice serves on the task­force for this event, in con­junc­tion with Riverview Com­mu­nity Ser­vices and Com­mu­ni­care. More than 60 ser­vice providers and gov­ern­ment agen­cies came to­gether to of­fer almost 500 home­less guests help in a “one-stop shop” set­ting. I am im­mensely proud of this day and the op­por­tu­nity it pro­vides to con­trib­ute to our com­mu­nity.

In Oc­to­ber, after a long cam­paign by my of­fice, the State Gov­ern­ment an­nounced that while the City of South Perth and the Town of Vic­to­ria Park would amal­ga­mate, we would re­tain the Bur­swood Penin­sula. This is a great vic­tory for our com­mu­nity. The Gov­ern­ment seems in­tent on mov­ing the Penin­sula into the City of Perth in five years, and I will con­tinue to fight against this.

Com­mu­nity spirit in Vic­to­ria Park re­mains strong, as I no­ticed at the re­cent Christ­mas Street Mall where I handed out over 1500 pin­wheels. As in re­cent years, I am col­lect­ing tins of canned fish for Food­bank. Drop them at my of­fice, and thank you.

Bel­mont MLA Glenys Godfrey

My main ob­jec­tive for 2014 was to bring the State Gov­ern­ment closer to Bel­mont res­i­dents, so that lo­cals have the op­por­tu­nity to share their views di­rectly with our Min­is­ters and the Premier.

My of­fice or­gan­ised com­mu­nity fo­rums and meet­ings to dis­cuss small business, law and or­der, se­niors ben­e­fits, pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion and lo­cal gov­ern­ment re­form.

Res­i­dents dis­cussed their is­sues with Small Business Min­is­ter Joe Fran­cis, Po­lice Min­is­ter Liza Har­vey, At­tor­ney-Gen­eral Michael Mischin, Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Min­is­ter Tony Simp­son and Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Peter Col­lier. On March 24, our elec­torate hosted a State Com­mu­nity Cab­i­net meet­ing and re­ceived the Premier’s com­mit­ment that the Gov­ern­ment will make more in­vest­ments in the east­ern sub­urbs.

Anti-so­cial be­hav­iour and law- and-or­der is­sues rep­re­sent the majority of top­ics raised by res­i­dents with me. I en­cour­age res­i­dents ex­pe­ri­enc­ing prob­lems to con­tact me through my of­fice.

For 2015 I plan to or­gan­ise more com­mu­nity fo­rums and another two blue light dis­cos for pri­mary school chil­dren. I will con­tinue to mon­i­tor the As­cot Kilns is­sue to en­sure it pro­gresses to­wards a res­o­lu­tion. I am in­ter­ested in views on lob­by­ing for a child and par­ent cen­tre at one of our lo­cal pri­mary schools, so please get in touch.

South Perth MLA John McGrath

2014 has been a chal­leng­ing year. Lo­cal gov­ern­ment amal­ga­ma­tion has brought with it a num­ber of con­tro­ver­sial is­sues. The State Gov­ern­ment agreed to leave Bur­swood within the bound­ary of the pro­posed amal­ga­mated city of South Perth and Vic­to­ria Park.

I am pleased our iconic Swan River fore­shore will have much­needed re­pairs to the walls near Mends Street.

I am priv­i­leged to present book prizes at many lo­cal school graduations and recog­nise the role of our hard-work­ing prin­ci­pals, teach­ers, par­ents and the school com­mu­nity.

I at­tended Christ­mas fes­tiv­i­ties at lo­cal se­nior cit­i­zens’ cen­tres. It is a plea­sure to see the happy faces of our el­derly cit­i­zens who have helped pi­o­neer this great city. I see vol­un­teers of all ages, in­clud­ing lo­cal school stu­dents, help­ing with valu­able ser­vices such as meals-on-wheels.

I vis­ited Southcare where Vicki Mor­rell and her vol­un­teers were pack­ing Christ­mas gifts to put a smile on the faces of so many chil­dren whose fam­i­lies are strug­gling.

I recog­nise the many not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tions such as Ro­tary, Lions and lo­cal church groups, who work tire­lessly to make sure this is a joy­ous oc­ca­sion for those in the com­mu­nity less for­tu­nate than most.

City of South Perth Mayor Sue Do­herty

We all look for­ward to the fes­tive sea­son.

It’s a time for fam­ily and friends to come to­gether, a time for giv­ing and re­mem­ber­ing the true essence of Christ­mas, while ap­pre­ci­at­ing how blessed we are.

For those of us who are for­tu­nate enough to be shar­ing Christ­mas with fam­ily and friends, let’s keep in mind that there are oth­ers within our com­mu­nity who are not so lucky.

The fes­tive sea­son is also a time to re­flect on “the year that was” – cel­e­brate mile­stones, take stock and ac­knowl­edge lessons learned, as well as re­visit plans for the year ahead.

At the City of South Perth, the State Gov­ern­ment Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Re­form process proved to be in­cred­i­bly chal­leng­ing. On Oc­to­ber 22, Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Min­is­ter Tony Simp­son an­nounced the pro­posed amal­ga­mated dis­trict be named the “City of South Park”to in­clude the City of South Perth, Town of Vic­to­ria Park, a por­tion of the City of Can­ning north-west of Leach High­way and Bal­buk Re­serve.

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