Melville Times - - Opinion -

THE saga of the “bowls strat­egy” and wave park con­tin­ues in Melville, with the council's re­fusal to hear its com­mu­nity or plan sus­tain­ably con­tin­u­ing to be demon­strated (“Club to be bowled over”, Melville Times, Au­gust 29).

One needs only have a look at the min­utes of the spe­cial council meet­ing on Au­gust 22.

The rep­re­sen­ta­tions by a group from the com­mu­nity, ar­guably with very wide sup­port in the com­mu­nity, is “noted”.

Not a sin­gle word of what their rep­re­sen­ta­tions were about was recorded. They con­tinue to be ig­nored, with the usual sus­pects rub­ber-stamp­ing what they long ago de­cided.

It is also in­ter­est­ing to note how the com­mu­nity is af­forded seven min­utes to state its case, while the council had 45 min­utes to re­spond.

Also, if one looks at the process and de­ci­sions re­gard­ing the fu­ture of the Mt Pleas­ant bowls site, it is easy to see how council con­tin­ues to con­trol the process and out­come.

The com­mu­nity's re­jec­tion of the pro­posal to move the bowls club and re­de­velop the site is ig­nored and we are given merely the al­ter­na­tive de­vel­op­ment op­tions to choose from.

The com­mu­nity be­lieves it has no choice but to sim­ply ac­cept what the council has de­cided.

In the process we con­tinue to see our pub­lic fa­cil­i­ties be­ing closed and bowled over.

And our en­vi­ron­ment, which we should be ever more con­cerned to pro­tect, con­tin­ues to be eroded by a de­struc­tive agenda.

We're fac­ing council elec­tions in Oc­to­ber and I hope that the com­mu­nity will sup­port fresh faces who will be more re­spon­si­ble, demo­cratic and rep­re­sen­ta­tive. LOUIS DE VILLIERS Ar­dross

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