BARNETT CAN STILL BE USEFUL
COTTESLOE MLA Colin Barnett has been closely associated with the coast at the south of his electorate while in his seat. He was integral to the often-heated debate over use of the Leighton Marshalling Yards, backed parklands and not total development of that area and supported the group that created the Cottesloe Fish Habitat Protection Area.
He backed the artificial surfing reef near the Mccall Centre, where there is a proposal to rezone nearby bush to urban, sparking opposition to potential development demolishing the ever-rarer coastal environment. This newspaper has always acknowledged a need to realign the nearby Curtin Avenue and make the Victoria Street Station level crossing safe.
But perhaps, post-election defeat, Mr Barnett may assist his local legacy by helping to find a community-accepted solution to the Mccall Centre’s use and retention of some sort of bush corridor.
To plagiarise the character at the end of the satire Candide by 18th century French philosopher Voltaire, tend thy garden.
Jon Bassett - reporter