MATTER OF WORDS
THE City of South Perth and a residents association of that name have spent time and money to inform electors about the consequences of amalgamation of the City of South Perth and the Town of Victoria Park.
Rather than swallowing other people's pre-digested thoughts, readers need to realise that it takes many words, qualifications, distinctions and uncertainties to describe such consequences.
I therefore object to resident Roger Atkinson's use of the word "scaremongering" in his January 13 edition letter to simplify published remarks of residents association leader, Cecilia Brookes.
Furthermore, on the association's Facebook page, he has baldly stated that two of its statements are false, namely "no wards" in the proposed City of South Park and "no guarantee that Burswood will stay" in the said City.
The evidence points to those assertions being true.
On page 93 of the report by the Local Government Advisory Board, it is stated “if the local governments have agreed on a ward structure and names of the wards, the Board will recommend accordingly."
There being no such agreement (page 394) a district ward was recommended and this was confirmed in the City of South Park Fact Sheet: No ward structure.
Although the advisory board recommended that Burswood peninsula would comprise part of the City of South Park, it was reported in October last year that the Premier said that it would be reviewed in five years when the main construction is completed.
The paper Position Regarding City of PerthAct by the City of Perth refers to the prospect of annexation of Burswood within five years (page 27) and elaborates on page 60.
If amalgamation proceeds, the new 12-member council may vote to make changes; for example the name City of South Park is an interim name (Fact Sheet issued by Department of Local Government).
I call on the uninformed to vote Yes for amalgamation and the informed to vote No. For the undecided, toss a coin or don't mark the ballot paper; just send the ballot paper back in time please.
Show you are aware and that you care. CAROL ROE, Manning.
– Icelandic proverb
via Issy Kilov