Limit put on pub­lic

Melville Times - - Front Page - Aaron Cor­lett

THE City of Melville has adopted a new pol­icy deal­ing with pub­lic ques­tion time at its coun­cil meet­ings, de­spite con­cerns that it is too re­stric­tive.

The pol­icy was ap­proved at Tues­day’s coun­cil meet­ing and will see ques­tion­ers lim­ited to two ques­tions at a time.

Ques­tions with mul­ti­ple parts will be con­sid­ered as sep­a­rate ques­tions.

It was said dur­ing the brief­ing ses­sion on Novem­ber 27 that if time al­lowed, peo­ple would be al­lowed to ask more ques­tions.

Pub­lic ques­tion time will be lim­ited to a max­i­mum of 30 min­utes at each meet­ing, al­though fiveminute in­cre­ments will be al­lowed through a res­o­lu­tion from the coun­cil.

A dep­u­ta­tion from City of Melville Ratepay­ers and Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion mem­bers Mark McLerie and Steve Wal­lace called on the City to de­fer the pol­icy and la­belled it “re­stric­tive.”

A de­fer­ral mo­tion from Coun­cil­lor Ni­cholas Pa­zolli was lost 5-7, but this was just the first of many amend­ments from coun­cil­lors.

Cr Tim Bar­ling’s amend­ment that ques­tions on no­tice be pro­vided in writ­ten form via email to elected mem­bers was ap­proved 7-5.

A mo­tion from Cr Matthew Woodall to add that ques­tions would not be re­sponded to when the an­swer had not changed from a pre­vi­ous ques­tion and that no dis­tinc­tion would be made be­tween ques­tions that were op­er­a­tional or strate­gic was car­ried.

His amend­ment that the City would an­swer to the best of its abil­ity was not ap­proved, af­ter Mayor Rus­sell Aubrey used his cast­ing vote.

An amend­ment from Cr Pa­zolli to sim­plify a sen­tence that states ‘ques­tion­ers who do not abide by a rul­ing of the Mayor or where a mem­ber of the pub­lic be­haves in a dis­re­spect­ful man­ner to the pre­sid­ing mem­ber, coun­cil or the com­mit­tee may be ruled out of or­der and the ques­tion would not be recorded in the min­utes’, was voted down.

Cr Pa­zolli wanted the sen­tence to read: ‘ques­tions that do not com­ply with the pol­icy would be ruled out of or­der and the ques­tion would not be recorded in the min­utes’.

Cr Woodall moved an amend­ment to the sen­tence so it would read that ques­tions from mem­bers of the pub­lic that did not com­ply with the pol­icy, the City’s Meet­ing Pro­ce­dure Lo­cal Law 2017 or the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Act 1995 and Reg­u­la­tions would not be recorded in the min­utes, with the mo­tion be­ing passed 8-5.

The sub­stan­tive mo­tion was fi­nally voted on and was passed 7-5. As part of the mo­tion, ques­tions will need to be sub­mit­ted to the coun­cil by 2pm on the Wed­nes­day prior the meet­ing, or three clear busi­ness days be­fore the meet­ing. PERTH res­i­dents have opened their hearts – and their homes – to pro­vide a new life to 11 of our 12 strays of Christ­mas.

Only mum and daugh­ter pair Feli­cia and Franki now need your help. So if you can find it in your heart to take on this adorable pair, please con­tact RSPCA WA.

Feli­cia and her baby girl Franki were very timid when they ar­rived at the RSPCA, but with plenty of love they’ve learnt to trust hu­mans again.

Franki and Feli­cia are in­sep­a­ra­ble and will need to be re­homed to­gether.

To adopt an an­i­mal, call the adop­tions team on 9209 9300 or drop into the An­i­mal Care Cen­tre in Malaga. To see all an­i­mals wait­ing for a sec­ond chance at RSPCA’s shel­ter, visit adop­tapet.com.au.

Peo­ple who can’t adopt a new pet but still want to help a home­less an­i­mal can sup­port RSPCA’s Guardian An­gel Ap­peal.

Visit the web­site rspca­guardianan­gel.com.au and choose an an­i­mal you’d like to watch over this Christ­mas.

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