Wanneroo Times - - Opinion -

FOR the past few days we have seen on na­tional tele­vi­sion and heard on ra­dio the ever-petty Joon­dalup Coun­cil ex­er­cise its op­u­lent might and again tar­get ratepay­ers with the most ridicu­lous, petty and un­founded ex­cuses to have paved verges ripped up and re­moved.

The Joon­dalup Coun­cil ar­gues that paved verges pose a risk to the en­vi­ron­ment and causes ex­ces­sive drainage which could lead to flood­ing.

Re­ally? Don’t our roads also have runoff dur­ing a storm?

It was also re­ported that paved verges pose an ex­cep­tion­ally high risk to the en­vi­ron­ment as fer­tiliser runoff dur­ing a storm could con­tam­i­nate our wa­ter­ways and ad­versely af­fect the en­vi­ron­ment.

Re­ally? Do we ac­tu­ally fer­tilise our paved verges? And does paving re­quire reg­u­lar fer­tiliser treat­ment?

Me­thinks not and most likely the so-called com­plaints the coun­cil sup­pos­edly re­ceived about paved verg­ers was from some jeal­ous neigh­bour, a lo­cal MP ex­ert­ing his po­si­tion or by some bored politi­cian.

If the Joon­dalup Coun­cil is so para­noid about the aes­thet­ics of our verges, it should as­sume full con­trol and li­a­bil­ity and main­tain our verges at its cost, leave verge pavers in peace and re­frain from its in­ter­fer­ing and con­trol­ling tac­tics.

Surely it has other pri­or­i­ties that could be bet­ter served? JOHN CUSSONS, Hillarys.

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