Air­port pays its share for pa­trols

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

IN the ar­ti­cle “City should pa­trol streets, not air­port”, South­ern Gazette, April 12, the pro­vi­sion of se­cu­rity pa­trol ser­vices within the City of Bel­mont was crit­i­cised in re­la­tion to the ser­vice be­ing pro­vided in the com­mer­cial/in­dus­trial es­tate on the air­port prop­erty.

It was stated in the ar­ti­cle that this ser­vice is be­ing pro­vided for “free”. This can­not be fur­ther from the truth.

The Perth Air­port contributes a sig­nif­i­cant amount of rates to the City of Bel­mont and sup­ports the Bel­mont com­mu­nity in a num­ber of other ways as well.

The bud­geted rates in­come from the Perth Air­port for this year is in ex­cess of $9 mil­lion, mak­ing it the largest in­di­vid­ual ratepayer in the City of Bel­mont.

The busi­nesses in the com­mer­cial/in­dus­trial es­tate con­trib­ute to those rates through their lease ar­range­ments with the air­port.

It is clear the pro­vi­sion of this very im­por­tant se­cu­rity ser­vice in that area is paid for by those busi­nesses at least to the same ex­tent as any other busi­ness in the City of Bel­mont.

Fur­ther, the pro­vi­sion of a se­cu­rity ser­vice to as much of the com­mu­nity as pos­si­ble as­sists in pre­vent­ing lo­cal hot spots oc­cur­ring, and ben­e­fits the whole com- mu­nity of the City of Bel­mont.

Hope­fully, this clar­i­fies the un­in­formed po­si­tion con­veyed in the ar­ti­cle. CR PHIL MARKS, Mayor, City of Bel­mont.

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