City re­jects elec­tors’ mo­tions

Melville Times - - News - Aaron Cor­lett

MELVILLE Mayor Rus­sell Aubrey says he is com­fort­able with the coun­cil’s de­ci­sion to re­ject the ma­jor­ity of mo­tions from a Spe­cial Meet­ing of Elec­tors.

The coun­cil con­sid­ered five mo­tions passed at the Au­gust 20 spe­cial meet­ing on Septem­ber 18, with only a mo­tion about the Can­ning Bridge Ac­tiv­ity Cen­tre Plan (CBACP) re­ceiv­ing sup­port.

Mo­tions about the coun­cil’s un­rea­son­able con­duct pol­icy, dep­u­ta­tions at meet­ings, the lease be­tween the City and Urb­n­surf, and the Tomp­kins Park rede­vel­op­ment were noted but no ac­tion was taken.

With the Mayor out of the room due to a con­flict of in­ter­est, the coun­cil moved an amend­ment to de­velop a plan­ning pol­icy doc­u­ment along­side the CBACP to deal with con­cerns about the heights of build­ings in the area. Amend­ments that the plan­ning pol­icy in­cor­po­rate ad­di­tional storeys of no more than 20 per cent in the 10 and 15-storey ar­eas, and a re­view into the plan’s com­mu­nity ben­e­fit cri­te­ria in the 10 and 15-storey, ar­eas were also passed.

Mr Aubrey said the ma­jor­ity of mo­tions pro­posed at the elec­tors meet­ing were “un­law­ful” and “un­de­liv­er­able”.

“Un­der the lease agree­ment (with Urb­n­surf), there are obli­ga­tions that we need to work to­wards,” he said. “We can’t meet the first agree­ment to va­cate the Melville Bowl­ing Club but we need to con­tinue to work in good faith.

“The club has been taken over by so­cial mem­bers and they are mis­in­formed if they think there is an op­por­tu­nity to re­nege.

“I wasn’t in the room for mo­tion 1 but I feel like the pol­icy plan is in con­tra­dic­tion with the CBACP.”

Melville Res­i­dents and Ratepay­ers com­mit­tee mem­ber Mark McLerie said the or­gan­i­sa­tion was pleased the coun­cil passed the CBACP mo­tion but was dis­ap­pointed by the other de­ci­sions.

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