AN effort to install free barbecues at BIC Reserve quickly burnt out at Town of Bassendean’s latest council meeting as the motion received no support from councillors.
At the March 22 meeting, Councillor Gerry Pule moved a motion for the Town to install the facilities and commence a program of installing them at other reserves to be prepared, costed and scheduled.
He said the community had “clearly indicated that they want value adding facilities on reserves and parks and the BIC has been given the top priority.”
He said the town had been talking about installing the facilities for years.
“For a number of years we have been talking about this and we are still waiting,” he said.
“It is an opportune time to bring it forward.”
Cr Paul Bridges agreed and said he was disappointed there was no overall plan for the development of BIC Reserve.
Mayor John Gangell said project funding had been earmarked for the future.
“I do not have a problem with it but we do have plans in place and if we start shifting (the timeline now) it makes it hard to forward plan,” he said.
Cr Gangell referred to the Community Strategic Plan 2013-2023, which identified $25,500 in the 2018/19 Corporate Business Project list for the facilities.
Cr Renee McLennan said she had concerns about spending money before a plan was in place.
“We need a co-ordinated approach,” she said.
It was suggested Cr Pule withdraw his motion, but he did not; the motion lapsed as it did not receive support.