Council responses cop flak
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.