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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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

Major traffic chaos results from closing Riverside Drive

UNIQUE CITIZENS’ ENQUIRY REVEALS MAJOR TRAFFIC CHAOS TO RESULT FROM CLOSING RIVERSIDE DRIVE; CALLS FOR ELIZABETH QUAY SCHEME TO HALT AND BE REVISED

Ken Adam & Ralph Stanton launch the CityVision Review of Elizabeth Quay proposalKen Adam & Ralph Stanton launch the CityVision Review of Elizabeth Quay proposal

A major inquiry into Elizabeth Quay prepared by three prominent citizens: the Hon Robert Nicholson AO, Emeritus Professor Geoffrey Bolton AO and retired Associate Professor of Architecture David Standen AM, has found that the planning process was deeply flawed, and requires immediate, extensive review.

The enquiry, based on the views of invited experts, was commissioned by CityVision (www.cityvision.org.au) – a voluntary, non-party advocacy think-tank – after frustration at lack of transparency in the planning process. A major enquiry topic -“Traffic and Transport” – shows vital facts have been ignored, or are not available.

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State of Siege Free Film Showing at Alf Adams Pavilion Mosman Park

COMMUNITY INFORMATION & AWARENESS EVENING

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO JOIN INDEPENDENT CANDIDATE

KEVIN MORGAN LLB.B. Juris

AS HE HOSTS THE COTTESLOE ELECTORATES FREE SCREENING OF THE INFLUENTIAL DOCUMENTARY

“STATE OF SIEGE”

(Dennis Grosvenor)

SATURDAY 9th February 2013 

5.00PM TO 7.30PM

ALF ADAMS PAVILLION 

SOLOMON STREET MOSMAN PARK

    (FOLLOW THE SIGNS…PLENTY OF PARKING)

The documentary provides a graphic illustration of the outcomes of a corrupt and undemocratic planning system, a system now totally discredited which partially led to the downfall of the Keneally Labour government in New South Wales. This is the system that the Barnett government has imposed on all West Australians.

 We need to act now to prevent the destruction of amenity and way of life in our suburbs. The film maker Deniis Grosvenor will be present to discuss his experience and to warn of the impending dangers that face our WA communities.   

State of Siege Documentary trailer can be viewed on www.tropicofoz.com