Residents affected by City of Perth Act critical of Nedlands MLA

Transport Minister Bill Marmion,
Transport Minister Bill Marmion,

RESIDENTS affected by the City of Perth Act have criticised Nedlands MLA Bill Marmion for not doing enough to support his electorate.

Subiaco resident Linda Rogers said Mr Marmion had been missing in action throughout discussions over the City of Perth Act and the impact to the City of Subiaco.

She said she believed residents were now being punished with a proposed 8.7 per rate rise.

“I don’t know why we should be paying additional rates,” she said.

“Those residents moving are a monetary gift to the City of Perth. It’s not right to say the City of Subiaco hasn’t planned for this, they shouldn’t have to plan – we didn’t want this.”

Ms Rogers said it was time for Mr Marmion to be a spokesman for his electorate.

“The City of Perth is getting a windfall and will still stay viable if they give the City of Subiaco financial support, and I find it outrageous Mr Marmion isn’t supporting it,” she said.

“To have one of the oldest cities in Perth that has taken care of itself and paid its bills to be clobbered like this is wrong.”

Mr Marmion said he believed he had acted on behalf of his electorate in his decision to support the Act. “I consulted with a great number of residents in the affected areas through private meetings in my local office and through other means, including extensive doorknocking and causal street conversations,” he said.

“I found the majority of people in the affected area were in favour of the change and were looking forward to becoming residents of the City of Perth, with the benefits that entails, chiefly amongst these – lower rates and increased services and maintenance.

“I’ve met with representatives from both the City of Subiaco and City of Perth on this issue and others. It would be inappropriate to comment due to ongoing negotiations amongst the parties,” he said.