Residents grill council on numerous issues at City of Belmont electors meeting

An artist’s impression of the community centre.
An artist’s impression of the community centre.

THE proposed Faulkner Community Civic Precinct Community Centre, the closure of Brearley Avenue and requests for the council to audio record their meetings were among the hot topics at City of Belmont’s Annual Electors Meeting.

Last night’s electors meeting allowed the public the opportunity to ask questions relating to the City’s financial activities, environmental activities along with a number of other areas.

Questions about how much the community centre would cost ratepayers and how much money the council would borrow were asked.

Mayor Phil Marks said the centre was needed as it would replace aging facilities and the council would borrow money to pay for it.

Issues about the lack of tree canopy in the City were mentioned by a number of residents and chief executive John Christie said the tree canopy coverage in the residential areas was consistent with other local governments but there was opportunity for increased coverage.

A motion for all council meetings to be electronically recorded was brought to the meeting by former councillor Paul Hitt, who argued that by doing so it would resolve disputes about the accuracy of minutes.

The motion was passed and is expected to be discussed at a future council meeting.

The closure of Brearley Avenue was debated and a motion that it remain open until the City complete detailed traffic modelling was passed along with a motion that Central Avenue be closed at Dunreath Avenue.

Other questions that were asked included whose responsibility it was to restore the foreshore, the waiting list to volunteer for the City and homelessness around the area.

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