Good turnout for meet­ing

South Western Times - - News - Kate Field­ing

Mayor Gary Bren­nan re­mains adamant the An­nual Meet­ing of Elec­tors is out­dated, de­spite a health­ier than nor­mal turnout on Tues­day night.

A crowd of more than 30 packed the City of Bun­bury Func­tion Room for the meet­ing when ratepay­ers and res­i­dents were given the chance to put their own mo­tions for­ward and ask ques­tions.

Bun­bury’s history, the re­cently re­vealed plans for a wa­ter splash park, Boul­ters Heights and the city’s Olympic and World Cham­pion ath­letes were all in fo­cus at the meet­ing, but Mr Bren­nan again re­it­er­ated that the com­mu­nity did not need to wait for the once-a-year meet­ing to put their mat­ters for­ward.

“It was a larger turnout than nor­mal and it’s good to see peo­ple com­ing along to at­tend those meet­ings,” Mr Bren­nan said.

“Again I say, it’s not nec­es­sary be­cause there are other op­tions and great op­por­tu­ni­ties through­out the year for peo­ple to bring sug­ges­tions to the city coun­cil.

“Every fort­night at every coun­cil meet­ing there’s an op­por­tu­nity for peo­ple to ask those ques­tions and they don’t have to wait for coun­cil meet­ings they can ring me any­time or con­tact an elected mem­ber at any time.

“I en­cour­age the gen­eral com­mu­nity to do that, which many do.”

De­spite Mr Bren­nan’s op­po­si­tion to the meet­ing, the two mo­tions put for­ward were sup­ported unan­i­mously by elec­tors.

Res­i­dent Ma­rina Quain suc­cess­fully re­quested Bun­bury City Coun­cil es­tab­lish a regis­tra­tion sys­tem of the city’s na­tional sport­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tives, while res­i­dent Bern­hard Bischoff got sup­port for a round ta­ble dis­cus­sion about Sir James Stir­ling and his sig­nif­i­cant work into Bun­bury’s history.

“They’re all good sug­ges­tions, the of­fi­cers now will pre­pare rec­om­men­da­tions to a fu­ture coun­cil meet­ing,” Mr Bren­nan said.

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