Council sit for April meeting
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.