UPDATE: A 67-year-old man has been charged after an altercation with the City of Swan Mayor at a special electors’ meeting discussing the Midland Oval redevelopment plans.
The man has been charged with assaulting a person performing a public function and unlawful damage.
He will appear at Midland Magistrates Court on Tuesday, July 10.
EARLIER: SWAN Mayor David Lucas has received a head injury after he was allegedly assaulted with a microphone at a special electors’ meeting on Midland Oval redevelopment plans at Midland Town Hall tonight.
The incident happened just before 8pm in front of around 200 residents and ratepayers by an elderly man who wanted to give a deputation.
The meeting had officially closed.
Cr Lucas was bleeding from the head after the incident and was taken to hospital.
The alleged attacker hit his head and was treated by paramedics at the scene before being questioned by police.
Police spoke to witnesses at the town hall.
Swan chief executive Mike Foley released a statement following the incident saying that police were investigating the matter.
“At the Special Meeting of Electors held at the Midland Town Hall on June 18, 2018, there was an incident involving City of Swan Mayor David Lucas, Councillors and a member of the public. This matter is now with police for investigation,” he said.
“The City understands the community concern surrounding this incident, but is unable to comment further until such time as the investigation has been completed.”
The City of Swan started work last Thursday on the extension of The Avenue through the oval as part of the City’s 11ha New Junction precinct development.
The work met with opposition from Save Midland Oval members and others who had collected 170 signatures to hold tonight’s electors’ meeting.
Pat Irwin from Save Midland Oval Facebook group told the Midland Reporter that the man was in no way affiliated with the group and they were disgusted by the attack.
“I have emailed David Lucas with my sympathy, and certainly have confirmed to him that we have no knowledge of or affiliation with the person who attacked the mayor. I hoped for Cr Lucas’ quick recovery,” he said.
“The man’s boring and noisy comments were a distraction towards the end of the meeting.
“I also hope that this does not distract from the valid points we made, as it is such a crucial issue for the future of Midland.”