Cen­tre di­vides opin­ion

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS - Aaron Cor­lett

THE green open space of South Perth is again un­der threat by an “ill-con­sid­ered plan”, ac­cord­ing to the City of South Perth Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion.

The South­ern Gazette re­ceived a strongly worded re­lease from the or­gan­i­sa­tion, which claimed the pro­posed Wes­tralian Cen­tre was un­nec­es­sary.

The as­so­ci­a­tion has called for a spe­cial elec­tors’ meet­ing, which will take place at the South Perth Com­mu­nity Hall on June 8 at 6pm.

Chair­woman Ce­cilia Brooke called on res­i­dents to at­tend the meet­ing.

“If you care about the en­croach­ment on our sub­urb’s open space for du­bi­ous com­mu­nity gain, please at­tend the com­mu­nity meet­ing so that the City of South Perth can hear your views and be left in no doubt about where res­i­dents stand on this im­por­tant is­sue,” she said.

She said the project de­pended on rais­ing at least $7 mil­lion from state and fed­eral gov­ern­ments and pri­vate fund­ing ar­range­ments, a big chal­lenge in cur­rent eco­nomic times.

Ms Brooke also pointed out that man­age­ment and main­te­nance costs for the cen­tre would rely on suc­cess­ful venue hire ar­range­ments, but would oth­er­wise fall back on ratepayer funds.

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