Ramp moves are explained
The details relating to my recent public censure are that for around two years I have been endeavouring to have a handrail and non-slip surface installed on the lower disused boat ramp at Flinders Bay.
This would enhance accessibility for those less mobile or parents with little children.
In the course of conversations on other matters, I asked a specialist in marine infrastructure to give me a rough idea what a simple structure to serve that purpose would cost.
I provided a copy of one possible style of handrail via the Shire’s email system in an open and transparent manner as required by our guidelines.
His response indicated a cost of around $15,000.
We have had a figure of $26,000 in the budget for two years.
Until this day, no decision has been made to proceed with the facility and hence no design or request for quote has been progressed.
My breach of regulations relates to first providing a rough concept drawing of one of many options to provide the handrail — hardly sensitive information as indicated.
Second, I used the Shire’s email system to communicate and receive a rough estimate of the cost.
Third, by having this discussion, it was considered I performed a task that contributed to the Shire’s administration.
You be the judge as to the gravity of my actions.
I have served the community for 11 years as a councillor and will continue to fight for equitable support for all sectors of the shire. Cr Mike Smart Augusta