AT the City of South Perth electors’ meeting on December 16, Mayor Sue Doherty commenced by listing and detailing the accomplishments of the council over the past 12 months.
I am sure that, like me, most of the electors present were favourably impressed.
Following that, we were supplied with figures illustrating the sound state of the City’s finances and planning for future projects in the present boundaries of the City of South Perth. These figures were very convincing and we had no reason to question them.
But, what I do question is the perceived need for amalgamation with the Town of Victoria Park, given: the healthy state of affairs on our side of the border; the lack of confirmed costs associated with the amalgamation and the many unknown factors and additional costs of infrastructure changes and so forth.
There seems to be little doubt that the amalgamation has been forced on both local governments, whether they initially supported it or not, with no opportunity for ratepayers’ informed input.
Premier Barnett, Local Government Minister Simpson, the City of Perth and a cohort of unnamed developers have unleashed a monster and the only hope that ratepayers have of stopping this madness is to