Hot topics to be debated at upcoming electors meeting

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

THE State Government inquiry into the City of Melville, Tompkins Park redevelopment project and Canning Bridge developments are among the hot topics that will be discussed at a coming Special Meeting of Electors.

The August 12 meeting at the Mt Pleasant Baptist Community College was called for by Swan Foreshore Protection Association chairman Clive Ross.

The council recently accepted the seven recommendations from the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries’ authorised inquiry, although Mr Ross was among the residents who called for the City to do more.

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“The Mayor and the council should do more than pay lip services, to create cultural change you need to take steps,” Mr Ross told the Melville Gazette.

“Not doing so is refusing the reality of the report.

“That change doesn’t appear to be happening.

“We will seek the City to submit an addendum to its response to the Local Government Minister a list of policies it will review or change such as the unreasonable person’s policy.”

Mayor Russell Aubrey said he believed the inquiry – and other issues set to be included next Monday such as Tompkins Park and the Melville Bowling Club lease – had been exhaustively discussed by the council.

“It’s disappointing we need to spend this money, the estimated cost for security and hiring the venue is between $10,000 and $15,000,” he said.

“I’ll be ensuring there is the highest standard of behaviour with no adverse reflection for elected members of council staff and I look forward to constructive and reasonable discussion.

“There will be security as we need to cater for a large crowd and I’ll be applying the meeting regulations rigidly.”

Mr Ross confirmed there would also be motions at the ratepayer meeting in regards to Tompkins Park, Bert Jeffery Park and the Melville Bowling Club lease and the Canning Bridge Activity Centre Plan (CBACP).

The Tompkins Park redevelopment project was put on hold in May pending a review.

A local planning policy designed to clarify height requirements in the CBACP area was deferred in June following concerns from councillors, residents and developers.