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