MLA crit­i­cised for fail­ing res­i­dents

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - Lisa Thomas

RES­I­DENTS af­fected by the City of Perth Act have crit­i­cised Ned­lands MLA Bill Marmion for not do­ing enough to sup­port his elec­torate.

Su­bi­aco res­i­dent Linda Rogers said Mr Marmion had been miss­ing in ac­tion through­out dis­cus­sions over the City of Perth Act and the im­pact to the City of Su­bi­aco.

She said she be­lieved res­i­dents were now be­ing pun­ished with a pro­posed 8.7 per rate rise.

“I don’t know why we should be pay­ing ad­di­tional rates,” she said.

“Those res­i­dents mov­ing are a mon­e­tary gift to the City of Perth. It’s not right to say the City of Su­bi­aco hasn’t planned for this, they shouldn’t have to plan – we didn’t want this.”

Ms Rogers said it was time for Mr Marmion to be a spokesman for his elec­torate.

“The City of Perth is get­ting a wind­fall and will still stay vi­able if they give the City of Su­bi­aco fi­nan­cial sup­port, and I find it out­ra­geous Mr Marmion isn’t sup­port­ing it,” she said.

“To have one of the old­est cities in Perth that has taken care of it­self and paid its bills to be clob­bered like this is wrong.”

Mr Marmion said he be­lieved he had acted on be­half of his elec­torate in his de­ci­sion to sup­port the Act. “I con­sulted with a great num­ber of res­i­dents in the af­fected ar­eas through pri­vate meet­ings in my lo­cal of­fice and through other means, in­clud­ing ex­ten­sive door­knock­ing and causal street con­ver­sa­tions,” he said.

“I found the ma­jor­ity of peo­ple in the af­fected area were in favour of the change and were look­ing for­ward to be­com­ing res­i­dents of the City of Perth, with the ben­e­fits that en­tails, chiefly amongst these – lower rates and in­creased ser­vices and main­te­nance.

“I’ve met with rep­re­sen­ta­tives from both the City of Su­bi­aco and City of Perth on this is­sue and others. It would be in­ap­pro­pri­ate to com­ment due to on­go­ing ne­go­ti­a­tions amongst the par­ties,” he said.

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