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Canning Times Reports New Southern River MLA Views on Canning Vale Unification

"New Approach Needed"
Canning Times, March 27 January 2001

 The controversial boundary issue came up again when new Southern Rivers MLA Paul Andrews met the Canning Vale Progress Association members at their annual meeting on March 21. 

The association remains keen to consolidate the Canning Vale local government boundary so that part of Canning Vale no longer comes under the City of Gosnells.

 

However, Mr Andrews said all the association's previous work came to nothing because its plan to secede, the first plan of its kind in the metro area, was not backed by the Local Government Advisory Board.  

He did not back another attempt to secede, saying there was no point going down the same track again and he would be looking at a "new approach."  

"I will tackle the issues, such as not enough recreational facilities and Gosnells people feeling they are paying too much in fates, by acting as an agent, negotiating with Gosnells to address those issues," Mr Andrews said. 

"The boundaries will not change in the short-term so we need to change things with Gosnells." 

He said he needed to have a clear idea of the issues.  

That is what the progress association meeting would look at.

 

Regarding the lack of recreational amenities, he believed the way of the future was, for example, to create joint school-community facilities at the proposed Canning Vale High School, which is expected to open in 2003.

 

He suggested local authorities could help finance the library, sporting fields or performance centres that was the trend around town.  

It was better to build one good - facility for use by the whole community than to provide two lesser facilities used only part-time.  

On another matter, the association was keen to get the high school implementation committee moving along now that the State election results were finalised.

 

Yet to be decided in consultation! with the community is whether the school follows the traditional model or the middle school concept.  

Mr Andrews favoured starting with eight and nine-year-old students in 2003.

 --KAREN OAKLEY

 

 

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