Take time to get the facts

After revegetation: Sorrento dunes in 2013.
After revegetation: Sorrento dunes in 2013.

IT is heartening to see residents having a say on important local issues, however it is imperative residents are aware of all the facts and relevant information.

Rainer Repke’s letter, in last week’s Weekender, contained some errant remarks about rates increases and major projects that are disappointing considering the openness and willingness of the City and its elected members to communicate with local residents.

Mr Repke’s assertion that the Ocean Reef Marina redevelopment and the Joondalup Performing Arts and Cultural Centre would ‘need massive funding via borrowing and will increase rates forever’ is just not true.

The marina development concept plan delivers an excellent balance of residential and commercial amenities that will optimise land use and yields that acknowledge the commercial reality of this proposed development without the need for massive borrowing.

It has been publicly stated on more than a few occasions that the City cannot deliver a project of this size and complexity on its own.

Likewise, the Joondalup arts facility will not require ‘massive funding or borrowing’, as in 2006 the council established a reserve account for the project, which will be used to leverage contributions from the state and federal governments.

This type of important information is freely accessible to everyone on the City’s website. Alternatively, local residents can contact their local ward councillor or myself.

Mr Repke’s comments about testing demand for City services are unfounded considering the City’s annual satisfaction survey reports on the services residents demand and how they rate them. In 2012-13, this survey resulted in a pleasing overall community satisfaction rating of 87.5 per cent.

Instead of expressing misleading statements publicly, I encourage all local residents to engage and interact with the City in genuine and meaningful discussion using the City’s social media platforms, via email or in the old-fashioned way of using the telephone.