Bad blood af­ter win


Melville Times - - News - Josh Zim­mer­man

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.

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