Peninsula tug of war
PENINSULA NEEDS TO STAY IN VICTORIA PARK
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.
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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.