Electors meeting proves to be tame affair compared to previous fiery scenes

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

LAST Monday night’s Melville annual general meeting of electors was a tame affair compared to the heated scenes that detracted from recent ones.

The December 2018 meeting at Mt Pleasant Baptist Church featured slow caps, jeers and several members of the public escorted out by security, including now Mayor George Gear.

While more than 300 people attended that meeting 14 months ago, only about one third of that number turned up for Monday’s meeting in Melville’s civic centre conference room.

A broad range of questions were asked on mostly regular topics, from the Canning Bridge Activity Centre plan, traffic calming measures along Farrington Road, the City’s website and the council’s plans for Tompkins Park and adjoining areas.

Four motions were passed, three of which came from the City of Melville Residents and Ratepayers Association, which will be considered at a future council meeting.

MRRA spokesman Mark McLerie moved for the council to hold an independent review of the efficiency and effectiveness of the City administration’s current approach to legal advice.

He also moved for the City to market test its current insurance services supplier and for the council to review its community consultations practices to identify opportunities to change policies to improve community perception of its openness.

Like last year, Applecross resident Clive Ross moved for the City to make an annual payment of $50,000 to the WA Ratepayers and Residents Association, which is what it pays to the WA Local Government Association. That request was later rejected last year by the council.