Get back to ba­sics please, coun­cil­lors

Southern Telegraph - - Telegraph Opinion - Michael Whit­worth Safety Bay

Re page four Sound Telegraph, March 29.

Coun­cils should be all about the three Rs; rub­bish, roads and re­serves with value for money for ratepay­ers paramount.

The de­ci­sion to ten­der out the col­lec­tion of re­cy­cling and green waste bins to a French-owned multi­na­tional com­pany; surely the pick­ing up of bins is best done with coun­cil-owned trucks and lo­cally em­ployed drivers giv­ing our lo­cal econ­omy a boost.

Coun­cil­lors vot­ing to del­e­gate the pur­chase of land on Eighty Road up to the value of $9.9 mil­lion for sport­ing and re­cre­ation to the chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer and our mayor claim­ing it would not af­fect rates — buy­ing up rate­able land in­cur lost rates per­pet­u­ally.

There is plenty of land in the Rock­ing­ham Lakes park near the site of the Water Cor­po­ra­tion Tam­worth Hill Re­serve. Other coun­cils have used gov­ern­men­towned land by sim­ple agree­ment to main­tain it to an agree­able stan­dard such as Wil­son Park at South Beach, South Fre­man­tle.

The boom is over. We need our lo­cal coun­cil fo­cused on lo­cal is­sues and jobs, think­ing out­side the box to de­liver results.

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