More staff and trees head Bayswater electors’ motions

City of Bayswater civic centre.
City of Bayswater civic centre.

ENHANCING the art culture, improving tree canopy and employing more officers were among the hot topics debated at the City of Bayswater’s annual general meeting of electors.

About 65 people voted on about 20 motions at the December 10 meeting, following a pre-meeting barbecue.

The meeting started with 47 electors passing the 2018-19 annual report.

Friends of Eric Singleton Wetlands member Deborah Bowie was the first to propose motions.

Ms Bowie’s motion calling for the relocation of fruit trees at the wetland and more native tree planting was passed.

Electors also backed her second motion for the council to change the Carter’s wetland name to a name of Noongar significance since the Carter’s family no longer owned the wetland.

Artist Pippa McManus has collaborated with The Morley Momentum to create a vibrant mural. Picture: David Baylis.

Bayswater resident Branka Radanovich’s motion for the City to develop a street tree management plan with records of each tree was passed unanimously.

Her second motion for the City to implement a “tree on every verge policy” was also supported.

Bayswater resident Georgia Kennedy gained support for her proposal for the employment of an arts and culture manager to build the City’s reputation as an arts and culture hub.

Morley resident Nic Gabriel’s motion asking the City to employ an economic development officer was passed while Bayswater resident Josh Eveson also gained support for a industrial area compliance officer to take action against parties who break council laws and regulations.

Mr Eveson’s motion for the council to report to electors on the status of all active master plans, with defined actions, progress milestones and outcomes to date by March 31, 2020 was also passed.

Respect Bayswater’s Heritage Heart spokeswoman Angie Maher’s two motions relating to the adoption of design guidelines for the Bayswater and Maylands heritage areas and the Municipal Inventory of Heritage Places were lost.

All motions passed will be considered by the council in January.

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