Bad blood after win
OBSCENE LETTERS DELIVERED TO COUNCILLORS
MELVILLE councillors were shocked to receive obscene hand-delivered letters after WA Labor’s win in the State Election.
The Melville Times understands councillors Patricia Phelan, Cameron Schuster, Duncan Macphail and Nicole Foxton all received identical typed letters that read: “Suck my c*** you Liberal maggot scum. Ha ha. F***ing losers.”
Cr Schuster could barely contain his anger after reading the note, which he labelled the work of “disgraceful, gutless cowards”.
“I’m outraged – my eight-year-old grandson was within seconds of finding this letter in our mailbox,” he said.
“If the person who wrote it is reading this, I would be delighted to take it up with them personally and point out to them the impact this has had on my life and my family.”
Cr Phelan said the letter “scared the daylights” out of her when she found it in her letterbox on Monday morning.
“I felt really sick; I didn’t know at that stage that other councillors had also got one and I was worried because this person obviously knows who I am and where I live,” she said.
“It was pretty obscene. I consider myself broadminded but I certainly don’t use that kind of language.”
Cr Phelan, who is not a member of the Liberal Party, believes the letters were at least partly motivated by the City of Melville’s support for Roe 8 and the Perth Freight Link, key planks of the ousted Barnett government’s election campaign.
Both Cr Phelan and Cr Schuster have appeared in videos posted on the City of Melville’s Facebook page supporting the Perth Freight Link.
Melville Deputy Mayor Rebecca Aubrey contested the seat of Willagee for the Liberals but said she had not received one of the letters, likely because she had not updated her publically available address after renting out her home.
“My tenants might be in for a bit of a shock though,” she said.
Cr Aubrey said Liberal candidate for Midland Daniel Parasiliti, who is a City of Melville resident, also received one of the letters.
Melville Residents and Ratepayers Association president Gary Crawford said he had also received one of the letters.
“I had a number of yard signs supporting Matt Taylor during the election campaign,” he said.
Four Melville councillors received a shocking letter the Monday morning after the WA State Election.