Shire on track to deliver agenda
SHIRE of Mundaring councillors considered 10 requests from electors at their council meeting on Tuesday.
The public motions presented at the annual electors’ meeting held on December 13 had to be considered at the earliest subsequent council meeting to comply with the requirements of the Local Government Act 1995.
Mundaring in Transition asked for the council to create a working group to investigate a project based on the Darebin Solar Savers initiative, with councillors agreeing to make the request.
Cr Lynn Fisher proposed a revision of a motion to have council agendas made available earlier and won the vote to have the documents accessible to councillors and the public two weekends before a council meeting.
Councillors supported an appeal by the Mt Helena Resident and Ratepayers Association to encourage the use of Mt Helena Aquatic Centre after the Shire last year reduced its opening hours, a move seen by many as a threat to a local facility.
Association president Joan Quinn said families new to the area were unaware the pool was for public use because it was at Mt Helena Senior High School.
A concerned resident who lives nearby recently posted a handmade sign on his fence to draw attention to the pool’s location.
More than 1229 people have signed a ‘save Mt Helena pool’ petition at www.change.com.
In a separate motion, councillors approved an upgrade to tracks and trails between the northeast of Mt Helena and the northwest of Chidlow before the end of September.
The suggestion for an online portal to provide community feedback will be considered in the 2018-19 corporate business plan, along with a request to begin an online action request system to the Shire.
A recommendation to adopt a “caretaker mode” policy during an election period gained support.
Councillors also agreed all ratepayers should be invited to provide their view of the Shire via an online survey.
Councillors voted 5-7 against a request to separate the Shire’s community service delivery costs from office administrative costs, while performance indicators for the chief executive will be published online.