Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Opinion -

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

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