City accepts $150k bill for inquiry recommendations

City of Melville administration building.
City of Melville administration building.

THE City of Melville will spend $150,000 implementing recommendations from the State Government’s inquiry into the council.

The Department of Government, Sport and Cultural Industries released its report in late June, which found the council had provided good governance but was not always as transparent as it could have been.

At last night’s council meeting, the council noted and supported the seven recommendations of the report, including that it regularly reviews its question time policy and all senior staff undertake training in complaint management.

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The City will find an independent person to review and act on complaints about City processes and decisions for three months.

At the meeting, City of Melville Residents and Ratepayers Association spokesman Mark McLerie, along with Swan Foreshore Protection Association chairman Clive Ross and Alfred Cove Action Group spokesman David Maynier, made deputations requesting the council defer accepting the recommendations.

They cited a coming special meeting of electors as an opportunity to listen to the community before providing Local Government Minister David Templeman with a response.

The inquiry began in November 2017 in response to more than 300 complaints made about the council since 2014.

When the report was released, Mr Templeman said the recommendations would be the catalyst the City needed to drive cultural change.

Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey was “reasonably happy” with the report but frustrated with Mr Templeman’s comments, as the City could not change “unreasonable people”.