Penin­sula tug of war

PENIN­SULA NEEDS TO STAY IN VIC­TO­RIA PARK

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Front Page -

THE Town of Vic­to­ria Park and Vic­to­ria Park MLA Ben Wy­att fear new leg­is­la­tion could see the Bur­swood penin­sula handed to the City of Perth.

VIC­TO­RIA Park MLA Ben Wy­att says the City of Perth could ab­sorb the Bur­swood penin­sula with the leg­is­la­tion in the new City of Perth Act which was de­bated in Par­lia­ment re­cently.

The penin­sula in­cludes the Crown Perth com­plex and Perth Sta­dium.

Mr Wy­att said if the penin­sula was taken out, the Town of Vic­to­ria Park would be de­prived of rev­enue and it would have a dra­matic neg­a­tive im­pact on both rates and ser­vices.

“While our lo­cal com­mu­nity in Vic­to­ria Park re­jected Mr Bar­nett’s plans, the Premier has un­for­tu­nately con­tin­ued to make it clear to Par­lia­ment that he will re­visit plans to hand these as­sets over to the City of Perth in 2018,” he said.

“De­spite Mr Bar­nett’s con­tin­ued am­bi­tion to take the Bur­swood Penin­sula out of Vic­to­ria Park and place it into the City of Perth, my WA La­bor col­leges and I will be op­pos­ing any ca­pac­ity for these amend­ments to do so.”

Town chief ex­ec­u­tive An­thony Vuleta said it wanted the re­moval of sec­tions 29 and 37 of the Bill due to con­cerns that they could be used in the fu­ture to re­move or change re­spon­si­bil­ity for ar­eas from the Town of Vic­to­ria Park.

“Sec­tion 37 of the Bill ‘opens the door’ for the City of Perth to take over the Penin­sula in the near fu­ture by chang­ing the fo­cus of the con­sid­er­a­tions the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Re­view Board would have in con­sid­er­ing any fu­ture bound­ary change pro­posal,” he said.

“Sec­tion 29 presents a pos­si­bil­ity that in the fu­ture Bur­swood Park could come un­der the Botanic Gar­dens and Parks Au­thor­ity Act, and the coun­cil will lose much of its de­ci­sion-mak­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity for that area.

“Both of these ar­eas are in­te­gral parts of the Town, con­nected to our com­mu­nity and the peo­ple here, and the Town would feel more com­fort­able know­ing that there is no pos­si­bil­ity that they could be lost in the fu­ture.”

When the Act was in­tro­duced to State Par­lia­ment in May, Premier Bar­nett said it recog­nised Perth as the State’s cap­i­tal city and ac­knowl­edged its cen­tral role in tourism and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment.

“With the re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion of Perth un­der way, in­clud­ing in­vest­ments such as El­iz­a­beth Quay, the Perth City Link and River­side, the City of Perth de­serves greater recog­ni­tion,” he said.

Paul Del­lac­qua: no an­swer

Ju­lian Ja­cobs: “The Bur­swood Penin­sula has al­ways been part of the Town of Vic­to­ria Park and should con­tinue to be. The penin­sula will be very im­por­tant for the fu­ture growth of Vic­to­ria Park, pro­vid­ing much needed rev­enue to im­prove the area and to sup­port busi­nesses and res­i­dents.”

Trevor Vaughan: “I strongly dis­agree with the Act which leaves the door open for the City of Perth to take the Bur­swood penin­sula away from the Town of Vic­to­ria Park. The City of Perth doesn't need any ex­tra, spe­cial pow­ers be­yond what it has al­ready. The Act will cre­ate a tiered sys­tem of lo­cal gov­ern­ment in the metro area, if ap­proved by Par­lia­ment.”

John Bis­sett: “I do not un­der­stand why the City of Perth wants to grab the penin­su­laa apart from a bla­tant rate money grab. The Swan River is a nat­u­ral bar­rier and should re­main.”

Steve Mav­ri­gian­nakis: I am op­posed to the Bur­swood penin­sula leav­ing the Town of Vic­to­ria Park. There is no com­mu­nity sup­port from the res­i­dents and ratepay­ers of Bur­swood for such an ac­tion.

Brian Oliver: “I think there should be a col­lab­o­ra­tive ap­proach so lo­cal gov­ern­ments can work to­wards the best out­come to­gether. Tak­ing away the penin­sula would im­pact bud­get and in­fra­struc­ture to all Vic­to­ria Park res­i­dents.”

Vic­to­ria Park MLA Ben Wy­att is ready to fight for Bur­swood. We asked the may­oral can­di­dates for the Town of Vic­to­ria Park to weigh in on the is­sue.

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