$10 MILLION NOT ENOUGH?
IN JULY last year, the State Government allocated $10 million over four years to the Town of Victoria Park for the Lathlain Park redevelopment.
This funding was for infrastructure for the benefit of the community including, but not limited to, the rebuilding of the existing football oval and construction of a second one, lighting, a fake grass running track, pathways, tennis courts and a playground.
Now through Lotterywest the Town is to receive an additional $1.9 million towards the redevelopment for community facilities. This is in addition to what appears to be another $1.5 million in this year’s council budget for the project.
I find it astounding the Town cannot achieve a range of community outcomes with $10 million in state funding and from its own budget, and so requested a grant from Lotterywest for further funding for the same project.
I’m sure there would be an explanation of ‘different funding sources for different project components’.
This is turning out to be one expensive redevelopment. The Town continues to be among councils with the highest annual rate increases.
Surely there needs to be better accountability for the allocation and expenditure of taxes and rates in such tight fiscal times? Name and address supplied.