IN the article in the November 5 edition headlined ‘Disbanding signals sad day’, Cr Terry Kenyon bemoans the disbanding of some committees by the City of Bayswater, and the resultant ‘lack of community consultation’.
He seems to have forgotten that when he was the mayor, he and his then council just cut out the Les Hansman Community Centre Management Committee with no community consultation at all.
Our association funded and built the community centre back in the 1970s, then handed it over the City. Part of the Deed of Agreement between ourselves and the City provided us with a free meeting room use for a number of years and mentioned the management committee on which we were given a one-member seat.
For all of the years between, we had kept to our part of the agreement and had attended such meetings as were called. Suddenly, with no warning and certainly no community consultation with our association, the council, with mayor Kenyon, dropped the committee and replaced it with one consisting of councillors only.
People such as former councillor Sally Palmer should check their facts before rushing to the support of Terry Kenyon and others, who seem to think that it is only all right if they drop committees, but deny other councillors the same right.
Finally, I will state that the latest round of committee axing was done in public, at a special meeting of council, where ratepayers had the right to listen to the arguments put forward; as well as the right to question them in public question time.
president, Bayswater City Residents Association (Inc)