CHEEKY METAPHOR DRAWS IRE

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - By JU­LIAN WRIGHT

LIKEN­ING a de­bate to a game at a swinger’s party got Coun­cil­lor An­dres Tim­mer­ma­nis in hot wa­ter with Cr Tracey King at a Town of Cam­bridge spe­cial meet­ing last week.

The cheeky metaphor came after a lengthy de­bate over pos­si­bly re­scind­ing a de­ci­sion made in Au­gust last year to ini­ti­ate Scheme Amend­ment 33.

Mayor Keri Shan­non called the meet­ing and sub­mit­ted the mo­tion to re­voke the de­ci­sion.

Amend­ment 33 would have 350 Cam­bridge Street, Wem­b­ley re­zoned, at the land owner’s re­quest, from Res­i­den­tial R20 and Pub­lic Pur­pose to Lo­cal Cen­tre, to al­low for a mixed use re­de­vel­op­ment over the site.

Con­cerns were raised about the pro­gres­sion of the amend­ment with­out de­vel­op­ment con­trols in place for the site.

Res­i­dents who at­tended the meet­ing cited po­ten­tial for a 17-storey build­ing on the site as a cause for ma­jor con­cern.

After go­ing be­hind closed doors for about 45 min­utes to dis­cuss advice from the Town’s lawyer, Cr Tim­mer­ma­nis made the com­ment.

“This de­bate has had more twists and turns than a game of Twis­ter at a swinger’s party,” he said.

Cr King im­me­di­ately called for a point of or­der over the rel­e­vance of the com­ment. Mayor Keri Shan­non dis­missed it, say­ing metaphors get thrown around all the time.

Ms Shan­non and Cr Corinne MacRae, who was on the coun­cil when the Au­gust 2015 de­ci­sion was made, clashed over the mo­tion.

Ms Shan­non said she was “ab­so­lutely de­spair­ing” at Cr MacRae’s po­si­tion to leave the orig­i­nal de­ci­sion in place.

Cr Tim­mer­ma­nis moved a mo­tion for the coun­cil to de­fer its de­ci­sion, which was passed by a ma­jor­ity vote.

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