Swap creates ‘uneven playing field’

Mayor David Boothman.
Mayor David Boothman.

State Government changes to Stirling’s boundaries give Inglewood, Dianella and part of Mt Lawley to Bayswater and Churchlands and Wembley Downs to the new western suburbs council.

Stirling also gains part of Leederville, North Perth, Mt Lawley and all of Mt Hawthorn.

Importantly, Stirling gains Beatty Park Aquatic Centre but loses Terry Tyzack Aquatic Centre.

Cr Boothman said the changes could mean the City loses up to $20 million in annual rates.

He said losing Terry Tyzack in exchange for Beatty Park was not an even swap, with its Inglewood facility running debt free while the current City of Vincent aquatic centre had an $8 million debt plus operational losses. ‘The thing is we spent a lot of money on Terry Tyzack and the facility is debt free, and under this proposal we lose that and pick up Beatty Park which is not debt free,’ he said.

‘The loss of Terry Tyzack Aquatic Centres is a massive blow to the City… we have spent many years making this a top state aquatic venue that is profitable and has no debt.’

Cr Boothman said resident concerns that Stirling would not govern suburbs such as North Perth, Mt Hawthorn and Mt Lawley as well as Perth or Vincent were unfounded.

He said the City had a per cent for art policy, with 2 per cent of the cost of new developments allocated to art, as well as sponsoring festivals such as the Beaufort Street Festival.

‘I would actually say that the City of Stirling is even more committed to public art, events and festivals than the City of Vincent,’ he said.

Cr Boothman said council had not yet met to discuss whether it would fight or accept the boundary changes.

What Stirling loses to Bayswater
in the changes
:
– Dianella regional open space
– Hamer Park (Mt Lawley), Inglewood
Oval, Wordsworth Reserve
(Yokine) and Walter Road Reserve
(Inglewood)
– Macauley Park (Inglewood), Copley
Park (Mt Lawley) and Ron
Stone Reserve (Menora)
– Dianella and Inglewood libraries
– Inglewood Civic Centre
– Terry Tyzack Aquatic Centre
– Mt Lawley Golf Course
– Local and residual reserves, playgrounds,
community centres,sporting clubs and rooms, children’s
health and learning centres