Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Opinion -

TAK­ING down my Christ­mas lights for another year, I dis­cov­ered some cut, even re­moved, to make them use­less.

It makes one won­der why there is such scum who have some­thing against Christ­mas. Name and ad­dress sup­plied. bridge and Subi Cen­tro), is not lo­cated on a main trans­port cor­ri­dor, is not near a pub­lic fa­cil­ity such as the Bur­swood Sta­dium, QEII Med­i­cal Cen­tre and so forth.

Res­i­dents of the Sandgate Street precinct re­lax; you are not en­dan­gered.

How­ever, there is another way in which res­i­dents of South Perth and Vic­to­ria Park could be en­dan­gered if "South Park" does not pro­ceed.

Firstly, Min­is­ter Simp­son and Premier Bar­nett very much wanted to give the Bur­swood Penin­sula area to the City of Perth. The Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Ad­vi­sory Board frus­trated that, leav­ing po­lit­i­cal scope for min­is­te­rial re­jec­tion.

But if one of the South Perth and Vic­to­ria Park polls pro­duce a suc­cess­ful no vote, then we can be sure that Min­is­ter Simp­son would be de­lighted to com­ply, be­cause be­ing obliged to re­ject the South Park amal­ga­ma­tion could en­able him to in­clude the ced­ing of Bur­swood Peninsu- la to Perth in next year's City of Perth Act.

Re­mem­ber the Bat­tle for Bur­swood: how ironic it will be if the forth­com­ing poll snatches de­feat from the jaws of vic­tory.

Se­condly, Simp­son and Bar­nett may re­alise, be­lat­edly, a dif­fer­ent way to pur­sue the State's ob­jec­tives in ur­ban and re­gional plan­ning for Perth that burns less po­lit­i­cal good­will.

In­stead of amal­ga­ma­tions that pro­duce larger coun­cils with a broader, more re­gional per­spec­tive on plan­ning, the State could quite sim­ply sus­pend a lo­cal gov­ern­ment's town plan in a spe­cific area for some years.

For ex­am­ple, sus­pend South Perth’s TPS 6 in the Can­ning Bridge precinct and along its trans­port cor­ri­dor to Curtin Univer­sity and roll in R40, R60 or more.

Could a rel­a­tively small and per­haps some­what bruised City of South Perth re­sist? ROGER ATKIN­SON, Como.

– Au­thor un­known

via Tr­ish Watt

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