MAD MON­STER

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Opinion -

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

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