Govt pushing the boundaries

Last week Premier Colin Barnett said the State Government had listened to the Town of Vincent and decided to include all of it in the new proposed and expanded City of Perth boundaries. It also included the new Burswood stadium within the expanded Perth boundary.

But Victoria Park Mayor Trevor Vaughan said the Premier had not listened to the appeals of his Town and its residents who have been part of the Battle for Burswood campaign.

‘The Premier told us he has listened to the City of Vincent community ” that is great news for Vincent but why has he not listened to our community? Why is he deaf to the voices of the Town of Victoria Park community?’ he said.

‘It doesn’t matter to visitors to the Burs- wood foreshore or Crown Perth which council these locations belong to but it does matter to the community members who have a connection to these places and have been paying rates to assist in maintaining and managing them.

‘When a natural boundary like the Swan River, that has traditionally been adhered to, is jumped to widen boundaries, I don’t agree with the notion that all major central infrastructure should be within the City of Perth’s boundaries.

‘There is no reason why major central infrastructure has to be within capital city boundaries to be useful. How do we know the City of Perth won’t develop this space for residential or commercial use? There will be loss of revenue and an increase in cost to our ratepayers due to having to manage anti-social behaviour and parking without the support of rates income.’