Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

LINDEN Knight, Opin­ion, Novem­ber 8, is spot on in ob­ject­ing to the use of ratepay­ers’ funds to es­tab­lish a $60,000 fight­ing fund to op­pose a South Perth de­vel­op­ment.

If some peo­ple are not happy with a de­vel­op­ment that meets the City’s plan­ning re­quire­ments then they can choose to take fur­ther ac­tion. But as Linden points out, it should be at their ex­pense, not mine.

This sets a dan­ger­ous prece­dent – will the City also fund the le­gal ac­tion of other anti-de­vel­op­ment groups?

It is ironic that the same edi­tion of the South­ern Gazette in­cludes a re­port on the City’s cam­paign to have a train sta­tion built in South Perth (City puts sta­tion back on agenda).

To jus­tify the cost of a new sta­tion, the City should be en­cour­ag­ing de­vel­op­ments which in­crease the lo­cal pop­u­la­tion and hence the de­mand for bet­ter trans­port fa­cil­i­ties.

Scrap the fight­ing fund and put the pro­ceeds to­wards fa­cil­i­ties that can ben­e­fit the whole com­mu­nity. STEVEN GERHARDY, Water­ford.

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