Different picture

I look at this souvenir issue and I see lovely images and then I look at the natural bushland reserve opposite my house and I see dead trees and neglected bushland.

The relatively newly constructed Jubilee Reserve dual-purpose path has weeds and grass growing into the edges and large cracks are now becoming evident all over the path.

If the path had been professionally finished a concrete curbing would have gone a long way to solve this. If money was the issue at the time of construction then perhaps fewer exercise equipment stations could have been traded for curbing.

What we have now is second-class.

I see that councillors are going ahead with the Civic Gardens and moving of the War Memorial. I find this hard to accept because I believe that the council should be spending the $500,000 on the existing neglected parks in the town, instead of creating a new one.

Where the mandate to move the memorial comes from surprises me because all the meetings that I have attended show how much the community is against this.

Why do this before the coming amalgamations of councils?

It is all well and good to create new projects and proudly display them in a fine souvenir booklet, but I would be happier if council would first maintain what already exists.


I WAS thinking why the upgrade to the Midland train line and extra carriages is taking so long.

Then I looked at the electoral boundaries. The train line runs through or near the electorates of Midland, West Swan, Bassendean and Maylands, which are Labor seats. A cynical person might ask why spend money in Opposition electorates.