I RECEIVED an email addressed “Dear City of South Perth Ratepayer” asking me to complete a survey regarding the proposed Westralian Centre at the flagpole location on the South Perth Foreshore of Sir James Mitchell Park..
While the survey covers many aspects, I think it is biased to help justify an outcome being pushed along.
The survey states that participants in the South Perth Foreshore Plan “expressed an interest in the creation of a landmark site”.
It is a very big stretch to say this warrants constructing a $7 million multi-purpose centre.
The survey asks “Why are you in favour of the proposed concept?”.
It does not ask “Why are you not in favour of the proposed concept?”.
Reasons for not being in favour include the cost to City of South Perth ratepayers, concerns about inadequate parking and conflict with Sir James Mitchell's vision that the park should be a public open space for passive recreation purposes with no commercial buildings.
The survey states “The City of South Perth would seek State, Federal and private funding for the project”.
It is not yet known or revealed whether a large portion of the estimated $7 million capital cost, and balance of ongoing operating costs, is likely to be funded by the City of South Perth and by how much this will increase the rates.
If this is a likely scenario, the survey should have quantified the likely increase in rates and asked ratepayers whether they were still in favour.
For those wanting to have their say, visit https://yoursay.southperth.wa.gov.au/the westralian-centre.
The questionnaire is only open for 24 days and closes on June 2.
A special electors' meeting has been called at 6pm on June 8 at the South Perth Community Hall, where ratepayers and electors will hopefully be provided with answers to their questions before the council is expected to consider the proposal at its meeting on June 27. GREG BENJAMIN South Perth