Mayor pushed into a tight cor­ner

POST Newspapers - - Letters - Stephen Mur­ray Hamer­s­ley Road, Su­bi­aco

Tues­day night’s Su­bi­aco elec­tors’ meet­ing made it very clear to mayor Penny Taylor’s vot­ing bloc that elec­tors will no longer tol­er­ate se­crecy and mis­rep­re­sen­ta­tion.

But in my view the mayor has also man­aged to back her­self into an ever-shrink­ing cor­ner – on the one hand be­ing po­lit­i­cally un­able to voice a strong op­po­si­tion to the state gov­ern­ment’s pri­vati­sa­tion of the plan­ning sys­tem (the root cause of LPS5), and on the other be­ing duty-bound to do so by rep­re­sent­ing the views of elec­tors.

Some­thing has to give, and when it does I hope it will fo­cus aware­ness on the real is­sue here, which is how suc­ces­sive state gov­ern­ments have al­lowed de­ci­sion-mak­ing within the WA plan­ning sys­tem to be qui­etly handed over to an un­elected group of de­vel­op­mentin­dus­try representatives.

Across metropoli­tan Perth, we are now see­ing the dis­as­trous con­se­quences of that mis­take.

Penny Taylor

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