Opinion: Electors meeting was dysfunctional

More questions than answers.
More questions than answers.

COUNCILLOR Mike Lewis, in his role as acting presiding member, gazed out at the audience of residents and ratepayers and launched into a patronising soliloquy that commenced with the phrase: “What you people need to understand… ”

Yep folks, you know you are on a slippery slope to dysfunctional hell when the concerns of residents are met with lectures instead of dialogue.

Speakers from the audience came and went.

There was a standout impassioned speech from one Ashfield resident regarding potential plans to convert Ashfield Reserve into a state soccer site.

Questions were asked on various matters and the responses offered up by council ranged from mystifying to non-answers to switching topics.

Ultimately, a motion of no confidence in both the mayor and the CEO was read out by a resident and, without further ado, supported by the majority of residents in attendance.

After three long hours, the weary participants departed the council building.

But there was still no sign of the mayor, who had sent apologies earlier in the night to convey that he was detained at his day job and running late. Such a shame Mayor Gangell missed an opportunity to engage with this community that he was elected to represent.

If asked to describe in one word the behaviour of some officials during the annual general meeting of electors, it would be “bizarre”.

KATHRYN HAMILTON,

Bassendean.