Electors meeting to be held after all
THE City of Belmont has done a backflip over a decision to hold a special electors meeting about the handling of Development Area 6 (DA6) in Redcliffe.
Initially, Mayor Phil Marks wrote to the meeting applicants saying there weren’t enough signatures for a special electors meeting. But after a few hours, chief executive Stuart Cole responded to the applicant saying the special electors meeting would go ahead.
Redcliffe residents and ratepayers gathered 146 signatures to prompt a special electors meeting with City of Belmont to address its handling of Development Area 6.
The petition was presented to last month’s council meeting, meeting the minimum of 100 ratepayers required to prompt a special electors meeting.
But according to City of Belmont officers and the WA Electoral Commission, only 84 of the signatures were electors in the district.
Belmont Mayor Phil Marks said in a letter to petitioner Belle Scharfenstein “the request for a special electors meeting therefore does not qualify.”
But it appeared the city did not count 49 eligible electors who signed the petition, which meant it met the minimum of 100 electors required to have a meeting.
The meeting will address a controversial decision to close Brearley Avenue.
Residents have argued to keep the major road partially open after the redevelopment of DA6. Businesses said it would make it too hard for many customers to access them if the road network changed.
But Transport Minister Dean Nalder has already announced the upgrade of Fauntleroy and Coolgardie Avenue ahead of the closure of Brearley Avenue.
Opposition transport spokeswoman Rita Saffioti met with residents on April 4.
She said it was clear that plans for the road network were not sup- ported by the community. She flagged raising the issue in a grievance to Parliament in May, following on from questions raised by East Metro MLC Samantha Rowe.
“What struck me was the lack of consultation in the community,” she said.
“It’s clearly something that needs to be looked at because it appears this has been driven by the want to close Brearley Avenue rather than what the area needs and would support.”