GOOD REA­SON TO MERGE

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Opinion -

PEO­PLE trav­el­ling through the Town of Vic­to­ria Park, in this in­stance Carlisle and East Vic­to­ria Park, are again sub­ject to un­sightly and dis­gust­ing piles of fur­ni­ture, white goods and gen­eral rub­bish lit­ter­ing the street verges.

If one didn't know bet­ter, it ap­pears th­ese sub­urbs may have been sub­jected to the tail-end of cy­clone Ol­wyn that wreaked havoc on Carnar­von and other ar­eas in the North-West.

Vic­to­ria Park coun­cil is hav­ing a rub­bish pick-up day but is it nec­es­sary now and in a mu­nic­i­pal­ity that bor­ders the State’s cap­i­tal city to have such a de­grad­ing spec­ta­cle?

Much of the town is aes­thet­i­cally pleas­ing and with char­ac­ter dwellings, both old and new.

But not sup­ply­ing blue skip bins as Bel­mont and other mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties have for this type of rub­bish sug­gests that the coun­cil can­not af­ford them.

Res­i­dents should de­mand this skip ser­vice be­cause the present sys­tem is de­plorable and does noth­ing for the value of their prop­er­ties.

If the Town can­not af­ford to do it, then it should merge with the City of South Perth.

Then due to "economies of scale" both com­mu­ni­ties will be able to pro­vide a wider range of ser­vices that meet com­mu­nity ex­pec­ta­tions us­ing the com­bined rate rev­enue. KEVIN BET­TRIDGE, River­vale.

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