Pushing the boundaries

Victoria Park Mayor Trevor Vaughan and South Perth Mayor Sue Doherty head into battle. Picture: Louise White d407269
Victoria Park Mayor Trevor Vaughan and South Perth Mayor Sue Doherty head into battle. Picture: Louise White d407269

The mayors of Victoria Park and South Perth, Trevor Vaughan and Sue Doherty, have confirmed the City of Perth has begun agitating to absorb parts of South Perth and Victoria Park’s Swan River foreshore reserves within its proposed expanded boundaries.

Cr Vaughan said Victoria Park and South Perth stood to lose their foreshore to developers, relegating the community to second-rate users of a public asset.

‘When will Perth Council be satisfied?’ he said. ‘We have had conversations with the City of Perth where it was indicated they are interested in expanding what the State Government said the boundaries would be, to include the South Perth and Victoria park foreshore, including the Burswood Peninsula and down to Great Eastern Highway.’

Ms Doherty said her council was concerned about the ambiguity of a City of Perth resolution at its meeting last week, which stated all options for new local government boundaries were open and amendments should be made to proposed boundaries.

‘We are asking for open discussion with the City of Perth about their position, and if that includes Sir James Mitchell Park and other key assets, such as Perth Zoo and Mends Street,’ Ms Doherty said.

But Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi has refused to be specific about the City’s plans to expand further.

Victoria Park and South Perth councils will stand together this Sunday for a joint community rally, the Battle for Burswood.