City of Melville urged to freeze Tompkins Park projects

The City of Melville is considering an update of its Legal Representation Policy.
The City of Melville is considering an update of its Legal Representation Policy.

CITY of Melville councillors have been urged to freeze projects at Tompkins Park when they consider an electors motion later this month.

At an agenda briefing on Tuesday night, Alfred Cove Action Group spokesman David Maynier called on councillors to scrap any possible spend preparing land for the proposed $25 million wave park and $9.4m Tompkins Park redevelopment.

He said it was what ratepayers voted for at January’s special electors meeting.

“The mandate is very clear,” he said.

“The rest is up to you to act in good faith and it’s up to your integrity in representing the ratepayers of Melville.

“Be sure to represent ratepayers by giving them what they asked for…”

On January 17, the Swan Foreshore Protection Association (SFPA) called for the City to halt preparations at Tompkins Park until a local government inquiry was completed and Supreme Court action resolved.

The judicial review was initiated by the SFPA, which argues the wave park ground lease could be invalid.

On the night of the SEM, SFPA chairman Clive Ross expected councillors to follow through when presented with the matter this month.

But a report by governance and compliance advisor Jeff Clark on Tuesday failed to satisfy the SFPA.

Put forward were recommendations for councillors to note the intent of the motion carried at the SEM and to hasten a report offering the City’s approach to the court action.

Mr Ross argued councillors could not give due consideration to the motion and the judicial review because they had not received all the information.

Chief executive Shayne Silcox argued that was because the City itself was yet to receive formal legal advice.

“I’m not in a position to give you the City’s position (on the judicial review) but give me enough time and I will bring a report,” he said.

“I am talking about a report pretty soon, within a week, I believe that’s what we need to do.

“I will be in a position to bring a report to cover on all the issues that have been raised and the City’s position in relation to it.

Councillors will vote on the recommendation on February 20.

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