Swan assault fallout
THE City of Swan is reviewing its processes to ensure the safety of councillors and staff after Mayor David Lucas was assaulted with a microphone at a special electors meeting on Monday night.
Chief executive Mike Foley said there were security guards at the special meeting, but the incident had prompted a review of the City’s security processes.
“Although there was security present at the special electors meeting, the City is reviewing its processes to ensure maximum safety of councillors, staff and community members for future meetings,” he said.
A 67-year-old man was charged after allegedly assaulting Cr Lucas with the microphone when the meeting had closed.
The incident happened just before 8pm in front of a crowd of 200 residents, who had met at the Midland Town Hall to discuss the Midland Oval Redevelopment Plan.
Cr Lucas received a head injury as well as a knee injury during the incident and was treated at St John of God Midland Public Hospital.
Patrick Irwin, from Save the Midland Oval group, said the man allegedly responsible for the assault was not affiliated with their group.
“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,” he said. “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.”
The 67-year-old man will face Midland Magistrates court on July 10.
Top: Swan Mayor David Lucas in the aftermath. Above: The alleged attacker.