CFP Business Specialist | Local Government Expert | Political Adviser
We knew that right from the start. Amalgamations is all about property development at any cost.
Mr Ian Ker is in the process of taking legal action against the Minister’s 12 two-page flimsy proposals which are uncosted, without any substance, and an insult to residents and ratepayers who were asked to put in submissions on their content.
The Property Council has criticised the proposed legal action by councils over the reform process. Mr Ker commented on his blog that the Property Council questioned how councils were ‘concerned about the rates of local residents being used to enable local government reform’ but ‘happy to throw the money of local residents at counterproductive legal action’ without providing any substance on the real cost of amalgamations.
The Minister has no idea how much the 12 flimsy proposals are going to cost, but the cost will be more than the cost of legal action. Legal action shared amongst councils will probably be less than one month’s interest payment on the Minister’s loans he plans to lend ratepayers to help force amalgamations through before October 2015 (Ref. Ian Ker).
The Property Council claim that BIGGER AND BETTER resourced councils would be better positioned to cope with “… the resulting congestion issues” of Perth’s burgeoning population. How will those larger councils be resourced? With higher rates? More loans from the Minister?
The State Government simply doesn’t have the money to enforce its amalgamation process, but ratepayers do. Ratepayers own assets that the state government will probably sell to fund amalgamations and put rates up to cover the costs. As for congestion, that will come from the Property Council’s members as they develop the assets of Perth councils within an inch of their lives.
Read more about the Property Council’s support for amalgamations here: http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/western-australia/property-council-of-australia-criticises-wa-councils-for-taking-legal-action-over-amalgamations/story-fnhocxo3-1226956414261
Read more on Mr Ker’s blog here: http://ianrker-vincent.blogspot.com.au/2014/06/an-enemy-thats-good-to-have.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed:+VincentObserved+(Vincent+Observed)