KEMH staff share dig­nity

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - By JON BAS­SETT

A NEW in­ter­net data­base and card­board signs nailed to wood are sep­a­rate at­tempts to im­prove com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion at Cottesloe coun­cil.

On Mon­day, coun­cil­lors agreed the Town needed a data­base of res­i­dents and ratepay­ers’ con­tacts so they could send emails in­form­ing them of in­for­ma­tion avail­able on the coun­cil’s new web­site.

“This is so we’re not just bom­bard­ing peo­ple’s let­ter­boxes with in­for­ma­tion, we’re just invit­ing them to go to our site,” data­base pro­po­nent Cr Ka­t­rina Downes said.

Cr Downes said the data­base al­lowed eas­ier in­for­ma­tion dis­tri­bu­tion be­cause not ev­ery­one read news­pa­pers and the web­site.

The coun­cil has been un­der fire re­cently from some coun­cil­lors and res­i­dents about a per­ceived lack of con­sul­ta­tion about pro­pos­als, in­clud­ing home de­mo­li­tions, a con­tro­ver­sial pro­posal for 13 apart­ments op­po­site Swan­bourne train sta­tion and pro­posed State Gov­ern­ment rezoning of the McCall Cen­tre for its sale south of the town.

Cr Downes said by us­ing the elec­toral roll, a data­base could be cre­ated to con­tact peo­ple by email, al­low­ing the coun­cil to be more in­formed about pub­lic views and keep­ing res­i­dents up to date on pro­pos­als and events.

How­ever, Cr San­dra Boul­ter said it would be bet­ter to wait three months to in­te­grate the data­base into the coun­cil’s new so­cial me­dia pro­gram, about which staff would re­port in Fe­bru­ary.

“But we will be wast­ing three months to get the data­base up,” Cr Downes said.

The pub­lic will be able to re­quest their con­tact de­tails be re­moved from the data­base, which Mayor Jo Dawkins said was an “ideal” way to link with the pub­lic.

Coun­cil­lors also agreed at the meet­ing that card­board signs would be placed at sites pro­posed for de­mo­li­tion and neigh­bours would get let­ters in­form­ing them of the work, its likely time­frame and de­tails of the de­mo­li­tion con­trac­tor, which would have to send its own let­ter a week be­fore start­ing work.

Town of Cottesloe would de­cide which neigh­bours, street or precinct would be in­formed about a de­mo­li­tion ap­pli­ca­tion, af­ter con­sid­er­ing the size and mag­ni­tude and wind di­rec­tion to con­trol dust.

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