Coun­cil re­sponses cop flak

Augusta Margaret River Times - - News - Taelor Pelusey

Twice this week mem­bers of the pub­lic flagged what they claimed were in­ad­e­qua­cies with an­swers they had put to the Augusta-Mar­garet River Shire coun­cil, re­sponded to in writ­ing by Shire staff.

Con­ser­va­tion­ist Rick Ens­ley built on is­sues raised at the pre­vi­ous coun­cil meet­ing re­lat­ing to the health of the Mar­garet River and re­ported by the Times last week.

The ques­tions posed at the Au­gust 9 meet­ing were taken on no­tice and re­sponded to in this week’s agenda, but Mr Ens­ley said he “re­jected” many of the re­sponses of­fered.

Ar­chi­tect and for­mer coun­cil­lor Lin­ton Hods­don raised con­cerns about in­ad­e­quate re­sponses, but on ques­tions he raised last month on the Mar­garet River Main Street re­de­vel­op­ment.

Mr Hods­don took aim at the ques­tion and an­swer process it­self.

“Why can’t coun­cil and Shire staff be more up-front with the com­mu­nity, re­spect their le­git­i­mate ques­tions and give full and proper an­swers in the first in­stance?” he said.

Re­spond­ing to Cr Pam Town­shend, who sought clar­ity on whose re­spon­si­bil­ity it was to an­swer such ques­tions, act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive An­nie Riordan said ques­tions were di­rected to the coun­cil and an­swered by Shire staff, with coun­cil­lors given the op­por­tu­nity to make changes in the agenda.

Mr Ens­ley’s and Mr Hods­don’s ques­tions were taken on no­tice.

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