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City of Swan councillor Andrew Kiely.

Kiely denies rates motion was a stunt

OVER the last month, City of Swan councillor Andrew Kiely has insisted that his motion to raise rates by 20 per cent was sincere.

He has been accused of causing undue stress to ratepayers with the motion, and has been heavily criticised by ratepayers and City of Swan Mayor David Lucas for pushing for a massive rates increase.

However at Wednesday night’s ordinary council meeting, the motion didn’t even get to debate, with Cr Kiely announcing he was withdrawing the motion during debate over the Midland Oval Redevelopment Precinct Business Plan.

Speaking to Echo News after the meeting, Cr Kiely continued to insist his motion was not a political stunt.

Echo News put the question that his intent all along was to withdraw the motion during the MORP Busines Plan debate.

“No, not at all, I certainly got the indication moving towards the meeting that there was, you know, it had, from the outset as i said at the meeting, 65 per cent [support for the MORP Business Plan] would suggest the community would be behind funding it, so it only makes sense we get get it done and pay for the first stage within the first  year, and that’s still an option going forward, that the motion comes back,” he said.

Mr Kiely said he withdrew the motion because it became clear during the meeting the motion wouldn’t have a chance to get up.

He denied his motion had caused undue stress in the community.

“You asked that question last time I spoke to you, the answer was no more than if they became aware of potentially $200 million of their rates money going forward.

“If it achieved one thing, it achieved a greater awareness of what the City are intending to do, good or bad.”

About Liam Ducey

Liam Ducey is an experienced journalist, having worked in print media in Kalgoorlie, Esperance, Port Hedland, Bunbury and across the metropolitan area, as well as online for several Fairfax Media mastheads. His reporting has seen him awarded the 2013 Clubs WA award for Best Club Media Story and the Western Australian Football Commission Umpiring Media Award in 2014. He was a finalist in three categories in the 2018 WA Media Awards and is not at all salty that he didn't win at least one. He's recently had a baby girl, Emilia, with his wife Roselyn and has lost all concept of time and sleep.

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