Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Opinion -

IN ref­er­ence to the ar­ti­cle in last week’s Gazette re­gard­ing Town of Vic­to­ria Park coun­cil vot­ing down a rec­om­men­da­tion to recog­nise posthu­mously the ex­ten­sive com­mu­nity con­tri­bu­tions to the town be­tween 1982 and 2000 made by my late hus­band John Cum­bers, I am ex­tremely dis­ap­pointed but un­sur­prised by the de­vel­op­ment.

Ad­di­tion­ally, it has been quite dif­fi­cult emotionally to be in a state of pub­lic ad­vo­cacy for John, hav­ing lived through his ded­i­ca­tion and com­mit­ment to com­mu­nity with him for many years, and to hear un­fath­omable and mean-spir­ited com­ments from present pub­lic rep­re­sen­ta­tives that his ef­forts were “fourth rate” and un­ver­i­fi­able.

What pur­pose does this ethics econ­omy serve?

It wasn’t my choice to put my­self or John into the pub­lic eye to ask for ac­knowl­edg­ment of his ef­forts.

How­ever, I fully support the His­toric Vic­to­ria Park So­ci­ety in their quest to recog­nise a fel­low com­mu­nity contributor of sig­nif­i­cance, among their own dy­namic and pro­gres­sive achieve­ments.

Their tire­less ef­forts over the years to hold coun­cil to ac­count and to shine a light on in­jus­tice in the town po­lit­i­cally is noth­ing short of heroic.

I pub­licly thank them heartily for their kind­nesses and re­mem­brance of John. I am proud to be as­so­ci­ated with them on be­half of John.

Ad­di­tion­ally, I thank the ed­i­tor of the South­ern Gazette, Michele Nu­gent, who has taken an in­ter­est in fol­low­ing this im­por­tant story to its ques­tion­able con­clu­sion. EILEEN SIMMS, Dar­ling­ton.

I am a lo­cal res­i­dent hav­ing lived in the area now for 25 years and I am look­ing for­ward to a lo­cal bar open­ing to have a quiet drink and get to­gether.

As many fel­low lo­cals like me I have spo­ken to are, we can’t wait.

Some­thing like this is long over­due in our area: get with the times.

With re­spect to chil­dren and stu­dents in the area, there a few points I would like to make.

There is no bus stop out­side the wine bar.

I for one do not in­tend hurt­ing any chil­dren as one woman has al­legedly stated she was con­cerned about.

I will not tol­er­ate in­ap­pro­pri­ate be­hav­iour. I have seen plenty of it by teenagers from nearby schools in the area.

I am just look­ing for­ward to at last go­ing some­where in An­gelo Street where chil­dren are not al­lowed with­out par­ent su­per­vi­sion.

The chil­dren in­vade the shops and foot­paths ev­ery school day. The area be­comes clogged and grid­locked with SUVs and 4WDs ev­ery morn­ing and af­ter­noon.

The east side of An­gelo Street shop­ping precinct is like a ghost town at night. There­fore, I hope some life will be in­jected into the area with a classy lit­tle bar and I am look­ing for­ward to it.

A sanc­tu­ary at last in my area - bring it on.

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