City of Melville looks set to reject majority of Annual General Meeting of Electors motions

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THE City of Melville looks set to reject most of the motions that stemmed from December’s fiery Annual General Meeting of Electors.

Several members of the public were escorted out of the December 5 meeting by security but five motions were passed for the council to consider at its February 19 meeting.

Among the motions are requests for the City to terminate its lease for the proposed wave park site, make an annual payment of $50,000, in perpetuity, to the newly-formed WA Ratepayers and Residents Association (WARRA) and to abandon plans for a building for the Applecross Cricket Club at Bert Jeffrey Park, which have all been recommended for refusal by City officers.

At last night’s agenda briefing forum, most of the debate surrounded the request for money for WARRA with its interim chairman Clive Ross, who is known as the chairman of the anti-wave park group Swan Foreshore Protection Association, making a deputation.

Mr Ross said the group had been formed with the intention of being a peak body for the community just as the WA Local Government Association (WALGA) represented local governments.

Questions for Mr Ross included when the organisation had been formed after it had been incorporated just two days after the December 5 meeting, its funding model and who would be able to join.

Councillors also asked administration staff what the council gets out of its money from WALGA and how the organisation calculated its fees.

In the City officer’s report it states that the purposes of WARRA duplicated the roles of the Mayor, councillors and State Government departments.

A motion recommending the council allocate money towards upgrading facilities at Winnacott Reserve and Webber Reserve has been recommended to be noted by the council as the City has allocated funding in the 2018-19 budget for the former reserve and the latter reserve will be a part of its Active Reserves Infrastructure Strategy.

The last motion passed at the AGME, that the City provide alternative accommodation for the volunteers displaced at the Community Information Centre at Garden City, has been recommended for noting as the City has offered support.