WSA Public Forum – Dalkeith 20 February 2013 – a presentation by Ken Eastwood

Profli-gate – How are we paying for all these future projects?

I would like to ask you all to take your memory back to four and a half years ago.  At that time we had a very even result as to who would govern our State for the next term.  So close was the result of that last election that the future government was decided by the minority National Party.

At the time we, the voting public, were mainly concerned about Law and Order, our very much under pressure Public Health system, the inadequacy of our Public Transport and major road systems, our deteriorating Education facilities and the escalation of Perth’s cost of living.

So, having been a staunch Liberal supporter for all of my life, these comments are not about party politics but they are about how just our present Government has spent our taxpayer dollars.

With a net State debt of $3.6 billion dollars four and a half years ago, we were easily convinced that the coming mining boom would solve all of our problems. Right now, after just 4½ years of that mining boom we have a state debt projected to grow to $18.6 billion dollars by 30 June this year. That is an increase of 520% in that short period.  On current estimates our net state debt will reach $25 billion dollars by the end of the 2015-16 financial year.

Even with our recent population explosion that is an increase from $1,650 per head of population in 2008 to approximately $6,250 per head in 2012 and on current trends will reach $9,400 per head of population by June 2016. Our net share of State debt per head of population has quadrupled in just 4.5 years.   Such an increase in debt levels will have occurred during the most profitable five years in the State’s history.

But, is there any good news? Continue reading

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Western Suburbs Alliance – Dalkeith Forum – 20 February 2013

Wednesday 20 February, 2013, 7.30-9.30pm,

C3 Church Auditorium, 95A Waratah Avenue, Dalkeith

You don’t need to be a town planner to know that . . . 

  • Perth is a sprawling dysfunctional city with growing traffic problems and known as Australia’s least sustainable capital city
  • The new state planning laws and undemocratic, secretive DAPs cut councils and communities out of the planning process
  • The State Government’s high-density, high-rise infill ideology and unrelenting pressure from developers are destroying our suburbs and lifestyle. 

You don’t need to be an environmentalist to know that . . .

  • Our unique bushland and leafy suburbs are under threat from population growth, economic development and greed
  • The quality of our natural environment is directly related to our quality of life. It is central to our health, wealth and happiness
  • We need a fresh approach to managing, using and protecting what is WA’s greatest heritage – our natural environment.

You don’t need to be a financial wizard to know that . . . 

  • During the most profitable years in WA’s history, the State Debt has risen from $3.6billion to $17 billion or by 460 percent
  • The money has been spent on questionable projects, not improving public infrastructure that the City needs
  • The state’s AAA-credit rating is close to being sorely tested. It will be the taxpayers who have to pay for the Government’s profligacy.

But hear the experts and have your say. We all know there are better alternatives . . . 

Richard Diggins OAM  Chairperson      

Piers Verstegen  Conserving our diverse environments

Dr Linley Lutton  The critical issues in city planning   

Dr. Beth Schultz AO  Protecting our old-growth forests

Ken Adam  Where urban planning is going wrong    

Ken Eastwood AM  The WA state budget deficit 

Max Hipkins (Independent candidate for Nedlands) How we can still get a good outcome from Elizabeth Quay             

Dr George Crisp (Greens candidate for Nedlands)The links between planning, environment and health

 

WSA Public Forum – Subiaco 26 November 2012 – Opening remarks by Colin Latchem

Opening remarks by Colin Latchem

As Chairman of the Western Suburbs Alliance Inc or WSA, I’m pleased to welcome you all to tonight’s forum. It’s gratifying to see so many of you taking the trouble to come and take part in this event.

WSA was formed by members of community groups in Claremont, Cottesloe, Mosman Park, Peppermint Grove, Nedlands and Subiaco. Its launch was marked by the publication of a letter in the POST newspaper of July 1, 2012. Signed by 38 mayors, former mayors, councillors and other high-profile citizens, this expressed concerns about the new state planning laws which give dictatorial powers to the Minister for Planning. Since then our membership and donations to the cause have grown dramatically. We have also received supportive calls from all over the metropolitan area and beyond. As you will hear tonight, we are also faced with forcible amalgamation of our councils. This is all part of the centralization of control by the Barnett government and erosion of our democratic rights. Continue reading