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

Poor city planning

Article written for the POST Newspaper by Linley Lutton

Taking on the establishment in parochial Perth is never easy, however our city is deteriorating rapidly and something must be done.

High divorce rates; chronic drug and alcohol abuse; increasing levels of depression, anxiety and aggressive behaviour; and, little permanent cultural expression, are just some of the social indicators pointing to a city on the edge of serious failure.

The future looks bleak as many young people abandon Perth for cities like Melbourne.

Market forces and planning policies are cited as the primary drivers behind city development and after many decades of poor planning policy and opportunistic market manipulation Perth has become the most unsustainable capital in Australia.

Governments endlessly build roads and developers subdivide land for low-density housing while avoiding the harder task of making our city workable and liveable. Continue reading

WSA Public Forum Subiaco 26 November 2012- a presentation by Max Hipkins

Amalgamation and loss of identity – A presentation by Max Hipkins

 The recently released Final Report of the Metropolitan Local Government Review, known as the Robson Report, has recommended the amalgamation of seven western suburbs councils into one consolidated local government, with a combined population of around 80,000 people.  If this was to eventuate, it would result in the loss of identity of all communities involved.  I would like to illustrate this by looking at just two of the affected cities – Subiaco and Nedlands.  It would be possible to compare other local governments within the western suburbs to the same effect. Continue reading