WESTRALIAN VOTE WEL­COME

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

I WISH to thank the City of South Perth for seek­ing com­mu­nity feed­back on the Westralian Cen­tre pro­posal and thank the ma­jor­ity of coun­cil­lors who wisely voted to re­ject the pro­posal.

The cen­tre had been ear­marked for Sir James Mitchell Park.

I can con­firm that many South Perth res­i­dents and peo­ple who value Perth’s green spa­ces and open vis­tas were dis­mayed by the pro­posal and its pro­posed lo­ca­tion.

Some de­tails sat fairly poorly with peo­ple who had an op­por­tu­nity to look be­yond the ar­chi­tec­tural sketches. For ex­am­ple, the on­go­ing main­te­nance costs for the fa­cil­ity which would have been borne by the City ratepay­ers; the poor con­nec­tiv­ity be­tween the pro­posed cen­tre and ex­ist­ing South Perth tourist trails; the ex­tent of the earth­works pro­posed; the like­li­hood that views to Perth would be dis­rupted for peo­ple us­ing the park; the lack of de­tails on park­ing and ser­vice roads for the fa­cil­ity; the short time frame pro­posed for com­ple­tion; and the lack of cer­tainty about fund­ing sources be­yond the City’s cof­fers.

All are strong rea­sons for the thumbs-down it re­ceived. JEN­NIFER NEVARD, South Perth

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