Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Opinion -

I WAS only made aware of the Town Cen­tre Re­de­vel­op­ment Project through a re­cent let­ter in a news­pa­per.

The Town of Vic­to­ria Park has been sin­gu­larly suc­cess­ful in fail­ing to in­form ratepay­ers of this plan.

Nor­mally any im­por­tant devel­op­ment would be ad­vised by a in­di­vid­ual no­tice to each ratepayer ad­dress. It also has ad­vised so lit­tle in­for­ma­tion (or is di­vulging so lit­tle in­for­ma­tion) on the de­tails of the devel­op­ment.

I to­tally en­dorse the com­ments of Terry McKe­own in your ar­ti­cle in the Fe­bru­ary 3 edi­tion. All we can as­sume is that Land­Corp is go­ing to make a lot of money. I hope it is not at the ex­pense of Vic­to­ria Park ratepay­ers.

The sale price for the area of land in­volved ap­pears to be gen­er­ous. I be­lieve a sec­ond val­u­a­tion would be in or­der.

In ad­di­tion, I query the pro­posal to sell Land­Corp the land un­der caveat for its value “whilst un­der Trust”.

When or if the caveat is re­moved the value will be far greater. If the caveat is not re­moved the coun­cil buy it back for cost plus 50 per cent of the pur­chase price if the land has in­creased in price.

A 50 per cent re­duc­tion is al­lowed for a de­crease in value, but this is un­likely.

It seems to be a win/win sit­u­a­tion for Land­Corp.

I trust the South­ern Gazette will be vig­i­lant in en­sur­ing this project is de­vel­oped with the in­ter­est of the ratepay­ers to the fore. JANET GATT, Vic­to­ria Park.

She was asked to re­turn the next day for a gen­eral clean (not done by the den­tist but a "mouth hy­giene spe­cial­ist") that took 13 min­utes. The charge was $101. This equates to a rate of nearly $1000 an hour.

How can den­tists jus­tify such charges when a lo­cal GP who bulk bills gets $42 from Medi­care for a pa­tient visit?

As long as peo­ple are will­ing to pay (which they are when they are in pain), it seems the den­tists charge as much as they think they can.

By the way, my wife and I are on the age pen­sion and are un­able to af­ford health in­sur­ance.

If I'm too harsh in my as­sess­ment, can some­one please en­lighten me?

Fi­nally, will the Aus­tralian Den­tal As­so­ci­a­tion mon­i­tor over­charg­ing by its mem­bers? Name and ad­dress sup­plied.

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