Trans­parency bid blocked

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion - By JULIAN WRIGHT

TOWN of Cam­bridge Mayor Keri Shan­non’s con­tin­ued cam­paign for greater trans­parency has been blocked again by her fel­low coun­cil­lors.

Ms Shan­non’s mo­tion that Town Plan­ning Steer­ing Re­view Com­mit­tee meet­ings would be ad­ver­tised on the Town’s web­site and news bul­letin at least one week in ad­vance and be open to the public was lost with six coun­cil­lors against it.

The re­jec­tion comes af­ter Ms Shan­non’s failed at­tempt in April to ban gifts to the chief ex­ec­u­tive and plan­ning staff from de­vel­op­ers, ar­chi­tects and plan­ners and to im­ple­ment a public con­tact reg­is­ter be­tween plan­ning staff and de­vel­op­ers, ar­chi­tects and plan­ners.

Then in May she tried for the Town to es­tab­lish an on­line reg­is­ter of fi­nan­cial, prox­im­ity ad im­par­tial­ity in­ter­ests by coun­cil mem­bers and staff, but it was un­suc­cess­ful.

Ms Shan­non said it was “im­por­tant” dis­cus­sions were in an “open and trans­par­ent mat­ter.”

“While the Town Plan­ning Steer­ing Re­view (TPSR) com­mit­tee is not a del­e­gated com­mit­tee, given the con­sid­er­able time taken to de­velop new ini­tia­tives and the im­por­tance and com­plex­ity of town plan­ning, it is im­por­tant dis­cus­sions con­cern­ing mat­ters that come be­fore the TPSR Com­mit­tee be dis­cussed in an open and trans­par­ent man­ner,” she said.

The TPSR com­mit­tee was es­tab­lished by Coun­cil in 2008.

In Au­gust this year, Coun­cil en­dorsed a Notice of Mo­tion re­quir­ing the com­mit­tee meet­ing notes to be pre­sented to the sub­se­quent Coun­cil meet­ing for not­ing.

Town of Cam­bridge Mayor Keri Shan­non.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.