Takeover move disturbing

LtoR: Alexander Cameron (Y11), Pablo Gonzalez (Y12), Michael Hegerthy (Y11), Ian Angus (Y12), Joshua Patterson (Y12, L of Closer group holding tray), Serena Richardson (Soup Patrol Coordinator), Alexander Anile (Y12, Prefect of Service Learning, Y12, grey shirt)
LtoR: Alexander Cameron (Y11), Pablo Gonzalez (Y12), Michael Hegerthy (Y11), Ian Angus (Y12), Joshua Patterson (Y12, L of Closer group holding tray), Serena Richardson (Soup Patrol Coordinator), Alexander Anile (Y12, Prefect of Service Learning, Y12, grey shirt)

Mrs Doherty and Town of Victoria Park Mayor Trevor Vaughan said they were opposed to the City of Perth’s submission in support of South Perth, Victoria Park, the City of of Vincent and parts of Cambridge and Stirling being absorbed into ‘a greater City of Perth’.

‘One of the most disturbing recommendations made by the City of Perth is that the CBD should be over-represented on the new council simply because of its status as a capital city,’ Mrs Doherty said.

‘This would reduce the capacity of our suburbs to be equitably represented which is a principle enshrined in the Local Government Act.

‘I believe this would disenfranchise our residents, creating a culture of being regarded as poor cousins of the residential suburbs.’

Mrs Doherty said the City of Perth’s bid to include the Burswood Peninsula in the CBD boundary would jeopardise the City’s preferred option of amalgamation with the Town of Victoria Park.

Mr Vaughan said when the Town of Victoria Park was part of the City of Perth 19 years ago, little to nothing had been achieved.

‘The City of Perth effectively forgot about us,’ he said. ‘Now 19 years later there is more than $8 billion worth of development happening in our Town, and our community has become a vibrant, desirable place to reside, with a unique personality and so much to offer.’

Ms Scaffidi said the City of Perth needed to expand to effectively perform the role of a modern, vital capital city and meet the needs of a growing residential population.

‘The City of Perth has consistently advocated that it should be larger and that the State Government should carefully consider capital city scale in a strategic and global context,’ she said.

‘With this in mind, the City of Perth advocates that the review panel’s Option B should be considered as the minimum scale for the ‘new’ capital city. This envisages the City of Perth expanding to a radius of approximately 5km around the CBD, both north and south of the Swan River.’

The City of Perth considers that a simple merger of Perth and Vincent councils might not be of sufficient merit to warrant the cost and disruption involved. However, should the State Government be attracted to such a modest level of structural reform, the City strongly advocates the inclusion of Burswood, UWA and QEII precincts.