‘JOKE’ WILL COST US

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Opinion -

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.

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