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.