Tem­pers flare at meet­ing

Southern Telegraph - - News - Ai­den Boy­ham

Ten­sions boiled over at the end of the City of Rock­ing­ham’s Fe­bru­ary coun­cil meet­ing last Tues­day night, as Coun­cil­lor Lee Down­ham and chief ex­ec­u­tive An­drew Ham­mond be­came em­broiled in a heated ar­gu­ment.

Barely mo­ments af­ter of­fi­cial pro­ceed­ings had come to a close and the pub­lic gallery was still emp­ty­ing, Cr Down­ham and Mr Ham­mond were seen to en­gage in a fiery ex­change at the top of the cham­ber.

The dust-up came af­ter a long and lively coun­cil meet­ing that ear­lier fea­tured pas­sion­ate de­bate on a num­ber of items, in­clud­ing a no­tice of mo­tion for a re­view of the plan­ning de­part­ment.

The no­tice of mo­tion from Cr Matt Whti­field, which first ap­peared be­fore the coun­cil late last year, was back again, with de­bate on the item fierce as the likes of Coun­cil­lor Chris El­liott, Cr Down­ham, Mayor Barry Sam­mels and Cr Whit­field all made their points heard.

The coun­cil even­tu­ally re­solved to direct the chief ex­ec­u­tive to fa­cil­i­tate a train- ing ses­sion from the De­part­ment of Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment rep­re­sen­ta­tives out­lin­ing the de­mar­ca­tion of roles and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties be­tween coun­cil­lors and staff, the role and im­por­tance of the code of con­duct and deal­ing with con­stituent in­quiries.

The coun­cil also re­quested Cr Whit­field pro­vide the chief ex­ec­u­tive full de­tails of neg­a­tive feed­back re­ceived on the per­for­mance of the Plan­ning and De­vel­op­ment Ser­vice Divi­sion.

Ear­lier in the meet­ing, coun­cil­lors voted on the es­tab­lish­ment of an ad­vi­sory com­mit­tee to give in­put on the City’s new tourism strat­egy.

The com­mit­tee will fea­ture a num­ber of lo­cal ex­perts, in­clud­ing Rock­ing­ham Kwinana Cham­ber of Com­merce chief ex­ec­u­tive Tony Solin, Rock­ing­ham Vis­i­tor Cen­tre man­ager Scott He­witt and Rock­ing­ham Wild En­coun­ters direc­tor Aaron Heath.

The coun­cil also de­cided against back­ing a re­newal of ap­proval for Rock­ing­ham Montes­sori School at lots 11, lot 700 and 701 on Mandurah Road.

The next coun­cil meet­ing will take place on March 27.

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