Leave well enough alone

PICTURE a local council that has expended millions of dollars on facilities for the residents.

A council that supports numerous community organisations by way of generous grants and donations.

A council that conducts many free public events for youth, families and the general community.

A council that does all this and keeps its finances in check and is not in debt.

A council that enjoys a community satisfaction rating of more than 90 per cent.

A council with its own environmental department injecting large amounts of funds and labour into protecting and enhancing our precious wetlands and their surrounds, including joint restoration projects with local environmental groups.

In all, a council that is running along very smoothly. This council is the City of Cockburn.

Why then does the State Government intend to wipe it off the face of the earth and carve it up between the cities of Fremantle, Kwinana and Melville?

Mr Barnett, you flatly deny the suggestion that Melville’s slice of the pie, which will include the North and Bibra Lake wetlands, will make it easier to push through the destructive Roe Highway.

I do not believe you.

One can imagine the wheeling and dealing that went on to carve up the City of Cockburn and distribute the spoils.

When were the people of Cockburn asked what they would prefer?

What happened to democracy?

Rex Sallur, Bibra Lake