Elec­tors kicked out

Melville Times - - Front Page - Aaron Cor­lett

THERE were fiery scenes at the City of Melville’s an­nual gen­eral meet­ing of elec­tors on De­cem­ber 5 as sev­eral mem­bers of the pub­lic were es­corted out by se­cu­rity.

Mayor Rus­sell Aubrey posted a warn­ing on so­cial me­dia be­fore the meet­ing at Mt Pleas­ant Bap­tist Church that there would be “zero tol­er­ance of neg­a­tive re­flec­tion” and there would be eight se­cu­rity staff.

The meet­ing started with a pro­mo­tional video for the City’s com­mu­nity an­nual re­port 2017-18, re­ceiv­ing a slow clap and jeers from sec­tions of the crowd.

Dur­ing pub­lic ques­tion time, there were queries about the ap­point­ment of Marten Tiele­man as chief ex­ec­u­tive last month, the City’s spend­ing, col­la­terised debt obli­ga­tions and the “lack of” pro­mo­tion of the elec­tors’ meet­ing.

A mo­tion from for­mer Fed­eral MP Ge­orge Gear about the City’s lawn bowls strat­egy re­port, which he la­belled a “sham”, was re­ferred to as “neg­a­tive re­flec­tion” by the Mayor.

Mr Gear was kicked out, prompt­ing jeers from the crowd and more mem­bers of the pub­lic fol­lowed him out.

A mo­tion from mem­bers of the Al­fred Cove Ac­tion Group for the City to ter­mi­nate its lease with URBNSURF for the pro­posed wave park and for coun­cil rep­re­sen­ta­tives to meet them about cre­at­ing a bird sanc­tu­ary on the Tompkins Park site was passed.

Swan Fore­shore Pro­tec­tion As­so­ci­a­tion (SFPA) chair­man Clive Ross moved that the City make an an­nual pay­ment to the newly formed WA Ratepay­ers and Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion, which was car­ried.

A mo­tion from SFPA mem­ber David Maynier that Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Min­is­ter David Tem­ple­man sus­pend or dis­miss Mr Aubrey was re­fused to be tabled by the pre­sid­ing mem­ber due to “neg­a­tive re­flec­tion”.

Sev­eral more mem­bers of the pub­lic then left and City of Melville Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion mem­ber Gary Craw­ford was es­corted out by se­cu­rity.

The Melville Times noted sev­eral mem­bers of the Fish Army in the crowd, who are fight­ing against the Outer Har­bour at Cock­burn Sound, along with mem­bers of the pub­lic wear­ing an­tiMRRA T-shirts. A mo­tion for the City to op­pose the Outer Har­bour drew ques­tions about its rel­e­vance and was lost.

Mo­tions for the City to aban­don plans to con­struct a build­ing at Bert Jef­frey Park, al­lo­cate re­sources at Web­ber and Win­na­cott re­serves in Wil­lagee and to find an al­ter­na­tive venue for vol­un­teers at the Com­mu­nity In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre at Gar­den City were car­ried by the crowd.

All mo­tions passed will be con­sid­ered by the coun­cil at a fu­ture meet­ing.

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Cathy Fiorentino, from Nic & Kolo, and Shaun Blan­chard, from Gucce, with Joanne Brad­bury and Is­abella Hammond, of Cheeky Boy. Pic­ture: Matt Jelonek

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