City of Subiaco councillors vote in favour of hosting two council meetings per month

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SUBIACO council has narrowly voted in favour of hosting two council meetings a month.

In a special council meeting on Tuesday, councillors were split 6-4 in favour of the proposal.

Mayor Penny Taylor’s casting vote brought the numbers to seven in favour.

Approval of the officer’s recommendation was moved by councillor Murray Rowe and seconded by Cr Matt Davis.

Cr Rowe said he’d experienced the old process of one meeting per month for some time, and could see merit in a change, particularly for those making applications to the council.

“It’s not a full month for the person to wait,” he said.

Deputy mayor Judith Gedero agreed, and said she would be relieved to have a change.

“Let’s give it a go; if it doesn’t work, we can go back,” she said.

Cr Stephanie Stroud said she was concerned many newly elected council members hadn’t been party to existing committees, and having ordinary council meetings was more restrictive with standing orders.

Cr Stroud pushed for a few months for members to learn the existing structure, then make the decision whether to switch over to a two-meeting system in April.

Cr Peter McAllister questioned whether more meetings would lower the workload, as the debate over issues won’t be able to take place in committees before meetings.

The officer recommendation for two meetings per month for a 12 month period also sought to establish an Executive Committee from February next year.

There was some debate over what the Executive Committee’s role would be, andCr Hugh Richardson questioned whether its role was too similar to existing committees.

Chief executive Don Burnett said the objective of the committee was to advise on significant and strategic matters.

All of the council members will sit on the committee.

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