A new year, a new decade
9 January 2020
It’s not just a new year, it’s the beginning of a new decade. I spent the last night of 2019 at Perth Observatory watching our amazing night sky, and reflecting on what the future holds.
The population of the Town of Victoria Park has been predicted to increase to about 75,000 by 2050. Within our 18km2, we will need almost 20,000 new homes, vastly improved transport networks, major new infrastructure, a sustainable natural environment and innovative technologies to ensure we will be a dynamic place for everyone.
My hope for this year is that our Council will take up the challenge of planning for this future now with an overarching master plan. I am excited to work in partnership with our community to create a truly co-designed vision for the future of the Town.
We need to keep rates as low as possible to assist our community with the cost of living, and to attract investment in the Town, balanced with the need to provide valuable services and grow our future.
To support local businesses, the Town must reduce red tape and find new ways to partner with businesses to stimulate economic development.
We also need to finish what we have started.
Our Urban Forest Strategy, upgrades to GO Edwards Park, Edward Millen Park, John Macmillan Precinct, McCallum Park, Burswood Station East, the restoration of Edward Millen House, the last zone of the Lathlain Precinct Redevelopment Project occupied by the Perth Football Club, and the $3 billion redevelopment of Belmont Park, will need continued commitment from Council to bring these major projects to fruition.
We need to increase our advocacy efforts with the WA Government for the undergrounding of the Armadale rail line throughout the Town, which has the capacity to transform the Town’s future.
An important focus should be building and strengthening relationships with the many interest groups, not-for-profit organisations and sporting clubs that make up the heart and soul of our community.
The decade has begun with the catastrophic bushfire crisis across the Eastern states. The devastation of so many local communities and the lives that have been lost is a timely reminder of how important it is to care for our community, to be inclusive and to remember, the things that unite us are stronger than the things that divide us.
I look forward to 2020 with hope and enthusiasm.
Mayor Karen Vernon