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.
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via Trish Watt