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Barnett handballs local govt reform to councils

The state government has passed the onus for reform onto local government authorities, with boundary adjustments only set to proceed if they are backed by the councils involved.

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Mt Lawley
Need to be very wary of including Kings Park in the City of Perth Act as it would open up the Park to development pressures. For example, the QEII Medical Centre is on a very constrained site and has nowhere to expand to - except across Winthrop Avenue, which just happens to be Kings Park. Rottnest Island was due to go the same way by being included in the amalgamated City of Fremantle/East Fremantle/parts of Cockburn and Melville. After the East Fremantle 'NO' vote, Rottnest is 'safe', but Kings Park is still under threat. Incidentally, no one (including the Local Government Advisory Board) has looked at what the loss of rate revenue from the private hospital would do to the City of Nedlands. Is this another example of Barnett policy without substance or analysis?

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