LETTERS 1.10.16


Long wait for bus, minister
So former transport minister, Dean Nalder, lamented recently that he couldn’t get a meeting with the premier for six months. Boo Hoo!
We tried to get a 15 minute meeting with Mr Nalder for over a year about the reduced number 15 bus service in Mt Hawthorn that was affecting the disabled and elderly, and we were emphatically told by his appointment secretary that there was no time in his diary at all.
Yet he certainly not only found time for a rich businessman recently, but commissioned a $77,000 inquiry into his transport department to make sure “that everybody who deals with the government is treated fairly, equitably and honestly.” [Hansard, 13.9.16].
We, on the other hand, were told the PTA could do no wrong. Mr Nalder’s recent spill produced 15 votes for him – the curse of the altered bus number 15 strikes back!
Yours Sincerely
Tad Krysiak
Senior ANd Disabled Bus Action Group

Soils ain’t all that
Composting at home and within the community, through organised not-for-profit associations should be encouraged. (“Big bin’s no rubbish idea,” Voice, September 24, 2016).
The North Perth Community Garden (NPCG) ran a project funded through both the City of Vincent and the WA Waste Authority, to collect waste from cafes and eating houses locally, and take it to the garden and produce first class quality compost. It’s not difficult when you know how.
The NPCG now advocates for a grants program to facilitate other groups (and not necessarily gardening groups), to try their hand at community composting. These grants are coming on stream right now. The final compost product is easily sellable and a valuable commodity. It is also organic and not contaminated.
WA soils are ridiculously lacking in nutrients. Adding compost helps to make healthier soil.
By taking organic food waste locally and composting it locally, Mayor Carey is quite right in saying that the carbon kilometres of the waste disposal are greatly reduced. Otherwise a trip to the Mindarie landfill site is 25 km. We got around that easily by keeping everything local. Think global, act local.
If anyone wants to look into furthering their expertise in composting either at a local ‘at home’ level or at the larger ‘community composting’ level, they are welcome to contact North Perth Community Garden at northperthcommunitygarden@gmail.com
Colin Scott
President – NPCG

Rifici’s alright
In your article (“Cr called out on Attendance,” Voice, September 24, 2016) your respected journo wrote strongly on reports concerning the attendance of Cr Rifici of the City of Bayswater, south ward, Maylands.
It seems a numbers game is in progress here, with the paper criticising the attendance of Cr Rifici, according to the new ‘governance portal’ of the City’s website.
Cr Rifici ran against me in south ward during the previous local election and won, therefore I have no hidden agenda here, but I do believe that using statistics on a website to criticise any councillor is a bit below the belt.
Cr Rifici has attended meetings correctly. His time on other unspecified residential meetings is not part of the governance portal and would be difficult for every councillor to ‘report’ in any detail. It’s an ongoing, time consuming element that each councillors accepts in this position, and criticism in this type of kangaroo court,  in this Voice article, is totally unjustified. His voting decisions are respected by all councillors here present. His ongoing life experiences, like all other councillors, assist in his deliberations.
We all have different methods of council attendance. Some councillors achieve advisory or subcommittee meeting times, others prefer to attend various EMRC, DAP, WALGA meetings. But when you take the whole council balance, it’s very healthy and all of our different ideals, beliefs and political persuasions form a good think tank and everyone does their utmost to achieve wise decisions.
Sally Palmer
Bayswater Councillor Central Ward

Tender point
David Bell should be ashamed of himself for promoting simplistic physical determinism in calling Stirling Towers the “ugliest blights on Perth’s skyline and social fabric,” (“Tower demo tender call”, Voice, September 24, 2016).
Homeswest’s decision to demolish Stirling Towers in Smith Street, Highgate illustrates why we have a housing affordability crisis. Robbing Peter to pay Paul. Comment on sustainability should not be required.
Greg Smith
Rose Avenue, Bayswater

Maier walkout
I ATTENDED the September 20 Vincent council meeting and spoke about the city’s proposal to radically change the residential parking permit system.
Rather than take the opportunity to provide a system that uses technology to provide a better service to residents and radically improve the efficiency of the rangers, the proposed recommendation is a backwards step.
It will make rorting much easier; it will encourage even more cars in areas that are already experiencing problems at night; it will not be much more efficient that the current practice of rangers chalking tyres; and it will see residents refreshing permits more often than they really need to.
But that’s not why I write.
The standing orders, which govern the conduct of council meetings, stipulate that items brought forward by members of the public are discussed first. This simple courtesy means that members of the public do not have to spend all night waiting to hear the discussion.
Rather than discuss the item in the order specified by the standing orders the mayor chose to bring forward other items thus delaying the discussion on the parking permits.
He continued to do so after it was brought to his attention by a council member. After two and a half hours I left in disgust.
Dudley Maier
Chatsworth Road, Highgate
The Ed says: We put this to Mr Carey who told us “this meeting was one of the longest on record for this council – with 16 planning agenda items, including 8 planning items raised from the public gallery. Two hours into meeting we had dealt with only the first six items. “I made a decision to bring forward the most significant and largest planning reform in the past decade – the Built Form Policy, which includes setting new heights for density across the city, rear setbacks and landscaping requirements. “

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