Coun­cil sit for April meet­ing

Southern Telegraph - - News - Gareth McKnight

The City of Rock­ing­ham held its April coun­cil meet­ing last week, with only two items of de­bate.

Top­ics dur­ing public ques­tion time in­cluded queries about sea­weed on Safety Bay beaches, boating in­fra­struc­ture in Port Kennedy and the up­com­ing del­e­ga­tion to Rock­ing­ham’s Sis­ter City Ako.

Res­i­dent Bri­ony Lopas ques­tioned whether coun­cil­lors should self-fund the trip rather than spend ratepay­ers’ money, while a pe­ti­tion from res­i­dents against the de­ci­sion to send a del­e­ga­tion to Ja­pan was also handed to the coun­cil.

All the re­ports and rec­om­men­da­tions of coun­cil com­mit­tees were unan­i­mously sup­ported.

These in­clude a re­view of Mu­nic­i­pal Her­itage In­ven­tory and the award of ten­ders for the Rock­ing­ham Beach Fore­shore Re­vi­tal- isa­tion and Bal­divis South Com­mu­nity Cen­tre to start.

Coun­cil­lor Lee Down­ham pro­posed a no­tice of mo­tion to re­voke the rec­om­men­da­tions from the Com­mu­nity Grants Pro­gram Com­mit­tee meet­ing, which was held in Jan­uary.

A 5-5 vote saw the no­tice de­feated, with op­pos­ing coun­cil­lors stat­ing re­vok­ing a pre­vi­ous coun­cil de­ci­sion could set a prece­dent.

Coun­cil­lor Matthew Whit­field’s no­tice of mo­tion that the coun­cil sup­port the po­ten­tial es­tab­lish­ment of an off-road mo­tor­bike area within the City bound­aries was passed. Fi­nally, all 10 coun­cil­lors voted in favour of the ap­point­ment of a new chief ex­ec­u­tive and en­dorsed the con­tract to be of­fered to An­drew Ham­mond’s suc­ces­sor.

The City later an­nounced that Michael Parker had ac­cepted a five-year con­tract to fill the role.

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