Tag Archives: City of South Perth

A Pinnacle for South Perth

Last night I was delighted to attend the launch of ‘Pinnacle’ – where a new 20 storey, $100 million residential tower in South Perth was announced by developers Zone Q.

It is exciting to see the changes happening in the South Perth electorate, especially the Mends Street precinct.

Johnson Lai (Managing Director of Zone Q), Sue Doherty (Mayor of South Perth), John Day (Planning Minister) and John McGrath MLA
Johnson Lai (Managing Director of Zone Q), Sue Doherty (Mayor of South Perth), John Day (Planning Minister) and John McGrath MLA

 

Waterford Plaza Street Festival wins Best Community Activity of the Year

Well done to the 2014 Waterford Plaza Street Festival for winning Best Community Activity of the Year at the WA Property Awards. Congratulations to all the stores and the local community for coming along and making it such a great weekend.The City of South Perth and Curtin University partnered with Waterford Plaza for the Festival.

Look out for news of the Festival’s return in March 2015.Waterford Community Event

Burswood Peninsula Petition

On Tuesday I presented a petition to Parliament signed by 3533 residents concerned about parts of Burswood Peninsula being excised from a proposed merger between the City of South Perth and Town of Victoria Park.

The proposal by Minister Tony Simpson to the Local Government Advisory Board is that Crown Casino and the new football stadium be transferred into the City of Perth.

However, the South Perth and Victoria Park councils are adamant that the proposed new local government entity will not be financially viable without the rate revenue coming from Crown.

The petition was circulated by the City of South Perth and presented to me by Mayor Sue Doherty for tabling in the Legislative Assembly.

It said, in part:

“We, the undersigned, respectfully oppose any action by the State Government that will excise any part of the Burswood Peninsula from the Town of Victoria Park, or any entity resulting from any change of boundaries or any proposed amalgamation between the City of South Perth and the Town of Victoria Park.

Your petitioners therefore respectfully request the Legislative Assembly to oppose the annexing of the Burswood Peninsula to the City of Perth and to support us in our endeavours.”

Funds for River Walls in South Perth

Yesterday I visited the Mends Street foreshore with Environment Minister Albert Jacob to announce a State Budget allocation of $500,000 to the City of South Perth towards the cost of repairing damaged river walls.

Environment Minister Albert Jacob, Riverbank manager Markus Nordstrom and John McGrath MLA
Environment Minister Albert Jacob, Riverbank manager Markus Nordstrom and John McGrath MLA

This takes the government’s contribution to $1 million as part of a 2013 election commitment to provide $1.35 million for the project.

This is great news not only for the people of South Perth but for the thousands who use the foreshore on a regular basis. It addresses a serious safety issue created by the damaged walls and, when completed, will compliment the work being done across the river at Elizabeth Quay.

I commend Minister Jacob for making sure that the project was not ignored. I am hopeful that the remaining $350,000 will become available in the 2015-16 budget.

In the meantime the City of South Perth, which has set aside $2 million for the foreshore improvements, will be able to get on with the job of replacing the 50-year-old river walls in time for Australia Day next year.

Combining City of South Perth with Town of Victoria Park

South Perth MLA John McGrath has urged ratepayers in his constituency to stand up against a State Government proposal under its Local Government amalgamation agenda that will see the City of South Perth come under the control of the Town of Victoria Park for a period from July 1, 2015.

This is a result of the Minister for Local Government putting forward a submission to the Local Government Advisory Board to abolish the City of South Perth and absorb it into the Town of Victoria Park.

The two councils have made submissions for a simple amalgamation, which would see them both dissolved at the same time and commissioners put in place by the government to handle the transition until fresh elections are held.

“Instead of that happening the assets of the people of South Perth will come under the control of the Town of Victoria Park,” Mr McGrath said. “This is a slap in the face to a local government authority that has been prepared to act in a spirit of co-operation with the Government and I am not happy about that.

 “If the residents of South Perth also think this is unsatisfactory they should make a submission to the LGAB by 13 March 2014. That is the only way of expressing their views.”

Mr McGrath says it seems wrong in principle that a City Council is to be abolished and its district  incorporated into the boundaries of a Town Council.

“If the new enlarged Council is to be created as the Minister wishes, by simply changing boundaries, then I believe it is more appropriate that the City of South Perth boundary be adjusted to incorporate the Town of Victoria Park” he said.

 “The public needs to be aware that achieving council mergers by boundary change rather than amalgamation also circumvents the democratic right, under the Local Government Act, for polls to be demanded by residents wishing to have a say on any proposed changes.

“The only way of expressing their views now is to make a submission to the LGAB.

“The Advisory Board is an independent statutory body which makes recommendations to the Minister before he can act on proposed changes to the constitution of local government authorities.”

Mr McGrath says he is not opposed to a new combined South Perth/Victoria Park local government authority provided it incorporates the entire area of both existing councils and does not transfer a portion of the Burswood Peninsula to the City of Perth.

“The Swan River is the natural boundary and Burswood should not be divided between two local government areas,” he said.

“In my view it is imperative for the financial viability of the combined South Perth-Victoria Park council that it retain all of the Burswood Peninsula.”  

Written and email submission can be forwarded to the Local Government Advisory Board:

Advisory Board, GPO Box R1250, Perth WA 6844

Email: advisory.board@dpc.wa.gov.au.  The closing date for submissions is Thursday 13 March 2014

Remembrance Day

Today I commemorated Remembrance Day with the City of South Perth and the Sub-Branch of the Returned and Services League  in the City’s Memorial Gardens in South Perth.

The service marked the 95th anniversary of the cessation of hostilities in the Great War of 1914 -1918 and included the traditional wreath laying, flag raising, The Last Post bugle call, the Rouse and a special fly-over by the RAAF.

Thank you to the City, Mayor Sue Doherty, Councillor and MC Kevin Trent, the Wesley College musicians and all others involved for such a heartfelt service.

John with Graham Dolton, Manning Resident and ex serviceman
John with Graham Dolton, Manning Resident and ex serviceman
Wesley College trumpet players
Wesley College trumpet players
City of South Perth Memorial Gardens
City of South Perth Memorial Gardens
Laying a wreath
Laying a wreath

Emerging Artists Celebrated

This year I was fortunate to again support the City of South Perth’s Emerging Artist competition. The competition is a great way for establishing artists to gain some recognition for their work.

Congratulations to Johanna Richardson of South Perth for being this year’s Young Artist Award winner. Her charcoal drawing, ‘Black and White Portrait 3’ demonstrates exceptional talent and an eye for detail.

I wish Johanna and the rest of the artists best of luck in their future artistic endeavours.

Young Artist Award Winner Johanna Richardson
Young Artist Award Winner Johanna Richardson