Electors demand City go beyond inquiry recommendations

City of Melville.
City of Melville.

MELVILLE ratepayers have demanded council go above and beyond the findings of a State Government’s inquiry.

More than 400 residents packed the Mt Pleasant Baptist Community College this week for a Special Meeting of Electors to |debate some of the area’s biggest issues.

The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries wrapped up its authorised inquiry in June after 300 complaints were made about the council between 2014 and November 2017.

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Although the council voted last month to spend $150,000 to implement all of the recommendations from the inquiry, residents called on the City to do more.

Residents voted unanimously for the City of Melville to acknowledge calls from Local Government Minister David Templeman for cultural change and review a number of policies, including deputations and question time.

The residents called for the council to look at its unreasonable behaviour policy, which outlined how frequently ratepayers could contact the City. Their motion also called for the council to acknowledge the inquiry did not address the underlying cause of the complaints and the City did not comply with some requirements of the Local Government Act.

A motion was also raised in relation to the Canning Bridge Activity Centre Plan (CBACP) that the council reject a Local Planning Policy in relation to building bonus heights and for the chief executive to initiate an immediate full review of the plan. The council will consider the CBACP next Tuesday.

d494118 Tompkins Park. Picture: Jon Hewson

As part of the motion, council were urged to take away delegated authority from City officers, and residents also called for Bert Jeffrey Park to be included in the City’s Active Reserves Infrastructure Strategy (ARIS) review and rescind motions, which include plans for the Applecross Cricket Club to have a building at the park.

The motion also called for the City to sign a long-term lease with the Melville Bowling Club and confirm the Tompkins Park redevelopment review would include community and stakeholder engagement.