Wards hang in the bal­ance

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - Jon Bas­sett

THE City of Su­bi­aco’s fu­ture struc­ture of wards and rep­re­sen­ta­tion still re­mains un­cer­tain, with coun­cil­lors again fail­ing to make a de­ci­sion.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Rochelle Lav­ery said the City was in con­tact with the De­part­ment of Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment, Sport and Cul­tural In­dus­tries to ex­tend the dead­line to the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Ad­vi­sory Board un­til Fe­bru­ary.

Cr David Mcmullen moved an at last month’s coun­cil meet­ing to have a three-ward struc­ture and in­crease the num­ber of coun­cil­lors to 12.

His mo­tion, which was even­tu­ally lost, was an op­tion most ratepay­ers sup­ported dur­ing pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion.

Su­bi­aco res­i­dent Narissa Perks spoke in sup­port of Cr Mcmullen’s mo­tion be­cause it aligned with the wishes of ratepay­ers who voted dur­ing the con­sul­ta­tion pe­riod.

“In the re­cent sur­vey com­pleted by ratepay­ers, it re­ceived the ma­jor­ity vote with a 42 per cent pref­er­ence for this op­tion,” she said.

Cr Mcmullen told coun­cil­lors it would be a “brave and fool­ish act” to ig­nore the sen­ti­ment in the room.

“I’m not ig­nor­ing the com­mu­nity and there­fore vot­ing in re­gards to the pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion,” he said.

Cr Stephanie Stroud com­mended the mo­tion.

“We’ve heard from the com­mu­nity through sub­mis­sions, state­ments, their opin­ions at the an­nual elec­tors meet­ing and or­di­nary meet­ings, and through emails, and I haven’t heard a sin­gle com­mu­nity mem­ber talk against the 12 coun­cil­lors and three ward op­tion,” Cr Stroud said.

Cr Mur­ray Rowe suggested ap­prov­ing a twoward struc­ture and re­duc­ing the num­ber of coun­cil­lors to 10, but his mo­tion lapsed af­ter no one else sup­ported it.

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