Concerns mount on local infrastructure

One of the councils hardest hit by sub-prime related investment losses, the City of Melville, has blamed cost blowouts for its decision to stop work on an $8.1 million upgrade of the Leeming Recreation Centre.


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As a rate payer for the City of Melville I am aghast at the total lack of corporate governance by the City of Melville. There seems to have been very little accountability in the investment of rate payer and govt funds in such risky investments. Now that infrastructure projects are falling victim, how far off can the exhorbitant rate rises be to 'recover' funds - and of course we will all be told it is because of the economic slowdown! Thanks Partha

I would be interested to know when the decline of membership for the Leeming Recreation started. My partner and myself have been told repeatly since July that the centre was closing for redevelopment. Therefore we were waiting for the Gym to re-open after the redevelopment before we joined. We were not interested in attending the other two Melville recreation centres as they are too far for us to travel. And then due to the gas crisis the pool was closed - another reason not to join. Also my family live in Leeming as do my fellow work mates. Their reason for not joing the gym is the same as mine. So there is at least 11 memberships (partner, myself, parents, work collegue and family) they do not have due to this so called re-development.

The Melville City Council has been poorly managed for a long period of time. They have conveniently ignored the issue of responsibility and accountability. I am sure that the Ratepayers of the City of Melville did not pay their rates so that it could be placed into investments such as CDO’s. Their decision to Stop the redevelopment of the Leeming Recreation Centre is another slap in the face to the ratepayers of Melville. With the loss of the Recreation centre the councils commitment to the Ward is grass on the playing ovals and parks. The people who approved this investment must be held to account. If employed they should be sacked, If elected they should resign.

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