City of Melville rejects majority of motions from Special Meeting of Electors

The City of Melville has proposed changes to the Canning Bridge Activity Centre Plan.
The City of Melville has proposed changes to the Canning Bridge Activity Centre Plan.

CITY of Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey says he is comfortable with the council’s decision to reject the majority of motions from a Special Meeting of Electors (SME).

The council considered on Tuesday the five motions passed at the August 20 SME, with only a motion about the Canning Bridge Activity Centre Plan (CBACP) receiving support.

Motions about the council’s unreasonable conduct policy, deputations at meetings, the lease between the City and Urbnsurf and the Tompkins Park redevelopment were noted but not actioned.

With the Mayor out of the room due to a conflict of interest, the council moved an amendment to develop a planning policy project plan document alongside the CBACP to deal with concerns about the heights of buildings in the area.

Amendments that the planning policy incorporate additional storeys no more than 20 per cent in the 10 and 15-storey areas and a review into the plan’s community benefit criteria in the 10 and 15-storey areas were also passed.

Mayor Russell Aubrey.

Mr Aubrey said the majority of motions proposed at the SME were “unlawful” and “undeliverable.”

“Under the lease agreement (with Urbnsurf), there are obligations that we need to work towards,” he said.

“We can’t meet the first agreement to vacate the Melville Bowling Club but we need to continue to work in good faith.

“The club has been taken over by social members and they are misinformed if they think there is an opportunity to renege.

“I wasn’t in the room for motion one but I feel like the policy plan is in contradiction with the CBACP, I can’t say that I’m not happy with the motion though.”

City of Melville Residents and Ratepayers committee member Mark McLerie said the organisation was pleased that the council passed the CBACP motion but was disappointed by the other decisions.