‘JOKE’ WILL COST US
PERHAPS City of South Perth's self-congratulation on "retaining" Burswood could be a little premature.
Perth City is pressing for the annexation of Burswood peninsula in the proposed capital city legislation.
Therefore, "South Park" retention of Burswood looks even more like a convenient, temporary sop from Colin Barnett, so that South Perth and Vic Park would roll over for him… until co-operation in the amalgamation deal was cemented.
Remember South Perth's absolute amalgamation conditions (strenuously emphasised in its submissions) were Burswood remains with the amalgamated entity and State Government pays all amalgamation costs.
Neither condition has really been met – surprise, surprise.
So, will City of South Perth Council now actively oppose amalgamation and/or help the residents association to do so?
Or are some councillors and admin officers saying their prayers each night for a more "important" and better-paid position in a larger amalgamated body?
It's all a sick joke – at ratepayers' expense SARAH SCHLADOW, South Perth. say will be lost in the mists of time.” In addition, “We are engaged in ‘necessary reform’”. This is equivalent to “change is good”. Remember when “greed was good”? However, never fear, I have found the savings. By reducing metropolitan councils from 30 to 16, every time the department writes a letter to the councils, it will save 14 sheets of paper, 14 envelopes and 14 stamps.
Problem explained: all systems return to normal… beam me up, Scotty.
Meanwhile, all ratepayers will have to foot the bill for the actual cost of “merging”. That hardly seems fair, does it?
I imagine other very unhappy voters are waiting for the next State Election when we will exercise our own “economies of scale” and “necessary reform”. All I can say is “bring it on”. DEBBIE HILL, Lynwood.