Ramp moves are ex­plained

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Letters -

The de­tails re­lat­ing to my re­cent pub­lic cen­sure are that for around two years I have been en­deav­our­ing to have a handrail and non-slip sur­face in­stalled on the lower dis­used boat ramp at Flin­ders Bay.

This would en­hance ac­ces­si­bil­ity for those less mo­bile or par­ents with lit­tle chil­dren.

In the course of con­ver­sa­tions on other mat­ters, I asked a spe­cial­ist in ma­rine in­fras­truc­ture to give me a rough idea what a sim­ple struc­ture to serve that pur­pose would cost.

I pro­vided a copy of one pos­si­ble style of handrail via the Shire’s email sys­tem in an open and trans­par­ent man­ner as re­quired by our guide­lines.

His re­sponse in­di­cated a cost of around $15,000.

We have had a fig­ure of $26,000 in the bud­get for two years.

Un­til this day, no de­ci­sion has been made to pro­ceed with the fa­cil­ity and hence no de­sign or re­quest for quote has been pro­gressed.

My breach of reg­u­la­tions re­lates to first pro­vid­ing a rough con­cept draw­ing of one of many op­tions to pro­vide the handrail — hardly sen­si­tive in­for­ma­tion as in­di­cated.

Sec­ond, I used the Shire’s email sys­tem to com­mu­ni­cate and re­ceive a rough es­ti­mate of the cost.

Third, by hav­ing this dis­cus­sion, it was con­sid­ered I per­formed a task that con­trib­uted to the Shire’s ad­min­is­tra­tion.

You be the judge as to the grav­ity of my ac­tions.

I have served the com­mu­nity for 11 years as a coun­cil­lor and will con­tinue to fight for eq­ui­table sup­port for all sec­tors of the shire. Cr Mike Smart Au­gusta

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