This is the personal blog of Ian Ker, who was Councillor for the South Ward of the Town of Vincent from 1995 to 2009. I have been a resident of this area since 1985. This blog was originally conceived as a way of letting residents of Vincent know what I have been doing and sharing thoughts on important issues. I can now use it to sound off about things that concern me.

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

People DO Have The Power

People really do have the power when they organise.

The Muckaty people of the Northern Territory have won their 7-year fight against a radioactive waste dump being established on their land.
Exactly the same type of pressure is being placed on Perth's local governments and their communities by the Barnett/Simpson Axis, with threats of dumping large monolithic local governments that will act in developers' interests on our genuinely local governments.

Just as with radioactive waste management, local government reform "needs an approach based on non-imposition, community consent and scientific and procedural rigour".

Barnett and Simpson have singularly failed, despite initial promises, in all of these areas. Let's hope it doesn't take 7 years for this fight to be won by the people!

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