Reflections on big year of change
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.