Airport pays its share for patrols
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.