Southern Gazette (Victoria Park) - - Street Watch -

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.

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