CITY of Canning is not in the Minister of Housing’s good books after it delayed debate on the Bentley Regeneration project in December.
A subsequent revocation motion signed by four councillors and moved by Councillor Lindsay Holland on January 24 was quashed by one vote with six councillors – Sara Saberi, Tim Porter, Yaso Ponnuthrai, Jesse Jacobs, Christine Cunningham and Graham Barry – against the revocation.
The motion to defer was initiated by Deputy Mayor Christine Cunningham in December, and the next day chief executive Arthur Kyron took a call from the Housing Minister’s chief of staff expressing some dissatisfaction by the Minister in relation to the deferment to the February council meeting.
Mr Kyron notified all councillors of the feedback from the Minister’s office via email.
Four councillors then lodged a revocation motion that was moved at the Annual Electors Meeting on January 24 by Cr Lindsay Holland, seconded by Cr Patrick Hall.
Cr Cunningham indicated at the meeting that she’d not been able to reach all the Ministers and the Department of Housing from whom she’d sought further information due people being on leave during the Christmas break and was keen for the deferral to stand.
Cr Kunze raised concerns the Department of Housing could move on to other projects and Cr Holland said there was another possible project in Hamilton Hill.
Cr Margaret Hall said politicians wish to take down Brownlie Towers – which she has lived near for 40 years – because they know development will make quite a bit of money.
The City, keen to get the ball rolling again on the Bentley Regeneration project, received a confidential State Government proposal in December to which the council is now expected to form response at its first council meeting for the year on February 20.