De­bate heats up over poli­cies

South Western Times - - News - Kate Field­ing

Bun­bury city coun­cil­lors have ex­changed can­did words over sev­eral of the coun­cil’s poli­cies.

Cr Bren­dan Kelly has been a long-time critic of the coun­cil’s de­ci­sion to al­low a Bun­bury Geographe Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try mem­ber on its pol­icy com­mit­tee and dur­ing the coun­cil’s meet­ing this week, he again made his con­cerns known.

The coun­cil this year voted to al­low cham­ber chief ex­ec­u­tive Mark Sea­ward onto its Pol­icy Re­view and De­vel­op­ment Com­mit­tee.

Cr Kelly has ob­jected to each of the com­mit­tee’s min­utes pre­sented to the coun­cil since the move.

His con­cerns boiled over on Tues­day night when he was warned by Mayor Gary Bren­nan on what he said about Mr Sea­ward.

While speak­ing against ac­cept­ing the com­mit­tee’s min­utes, Cr Kelly claimed the pol­icy items on the agenda were “in­ad­e­quate”.

Mr Bren­nan, Deputy Mayor Jay­sen Miguel and Mr Sea­ward were the only mem­bers at the pol­icy com­mit­tee meet­ing, with Cr James Hay­ward and City of Bun­bury chief ex­ec­u­tive Mal Os­borne apolo­gies and Cr Todd Brown on leave.

“It’s a very im­por­tant com­mit­tee and I think we need to pick up a few things that seem to be lack­ing,” Cr Kelly said.

“One of them I note that in the min­utes all seven of the mo­tions were sec­onded by the chair of the BGCCI who doesn’t have that ex­per­tise in lo­cal gov­ern­ment, par­tic­u­larly not in these items.”

Mr Bren­nan in­ter­jected and warned Cr Kelly.

“Cr Kelly your ob­jec­tion is noted . . . you’re mak­ing com­ments about a per­son who is not here and he is a mem­ber of the com­mit­tee,” Mr Bren­nan said.

“To make com­ments that a per­son may not be fit or have the ca­pac­ity to work on that pol­icy com­mit­tee isn’t ap­pro­pri­ate.”

Cr Miguel also re­sponded by invit­ing Cr Kelly to at­tend the pol­icy com­mit­tee meet­ings.

“In com­ments of some­body ac­cept­ing six (seven) of the mo­tions, I’m very con­fi­dent that at least that mem­ber of the com­mit­tee had full op­por­tu­nity to read all the agenda items,” Cr Miguel said.

“Go­ing for­ward, those meet­ings are fully al­lowed to be at­tended by any mem­ber on this coun­cil and again, I’d sug­gest if we do have an apol­ogy on fu­ture times some­body put their hand up and come and join those meet­ings.”

The coun­cil voted in favour of ac­cept­ing all the pol­icy items.

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