Bur­swood grab stymied

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - News - Kaylee Martin

THE plan to give the City of Perth power over the Bur­swood Penin­sula has been re­jected af­ter La­bor’s amend­ments passed through the Leg­isla­tive As­sem­bly.

The orig­i­nal leg­is­la­tion in­cluded sec­tions that would have al­lowed the City of Perth to ab­sorb the Bur­swood Penin­sula, in­clud­ing the Crown Perth com­plex and the new Perth sta­dium.

But un­der WA La­bor’s num­ber of amend­ments, a spe­cial Act of Par­lia­ment will need to pass be­fore any bound­ary changes oc­cur.

Vic­to­ria Park MLA Ben Wy­att said the com­mu­nity had been firm in its op­po­si­tion for Bur­swood Penin­sula to be­come a part of the City of Perth.

“For those peo­ple liv­ing in Vic­to­ria Park, such changes would have re­sulted in ei­ther in­creased rates, fewer ser­vices or a com­bi­na­tion of both,” he said.

“Now the Par­lia­ment will have the fi­nal say on any such bound­ary change.

“De­spite this pro­tec­tion, it is im­por- tant that ev­ery­one in Vic­to­ria Park is aware the Lib­eral Party still in­tends to bring the Bur­swood Penin­sula into the bound­ary of the City of Perth.”

Op­po­si­tion spokesman David Tem­ple­man said the vis­i­ble mea­sures were ex­actly what the com­mu­nity had been call­ing for.

“By fi­nally ac­cept­ing our amend­ments, the Par­lia­ment has now in­tro­duced im­por­tant trans­parency and ac­count­abil­ity mea­sures,” he said.

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