YOUTH, skateparks, pool hours, bushfire guidelines, and financial reporting were some of the topics addressed by Mundaring ratepayers at the 2018 annual electors’ meeting on Wednesday.
Nine electors made 17 motions, all carried by about 60 people and passed back to council for further consideration in the new year.
Helena Valley resident Trish Cook moved five motions and Mt Helena resident John Bell moved three.
Ms Cook moved one motion to see the Shire receive and assess the Darlington Skate Park 2018 Masterplan, one to investigate different ways to present financial information at monthly meetings and in the annual report, one against the use of herbicides, such as glyphosate, around playgrounds and another to redirect $400,000 of funding from Bilgoman Aquatic Centre to the Mt Helena Aquatic Centre.
Lastly, she moved a motion that council write to Planning Minister Rita Saffioti and express disappointment in the WA planning system’s extensive clearing of trees and vegetation on private property and residential development areas.
One motion by Mr Bell sought Local Government chief executive positions offered to internal and external competition every four years.
His second motion wanted council to consider annual payments to ratepayer groups for access to advocacy and advice from specialists outside of the Council.
It was the item that stirred the most debate with electors, president John Daw, Deputy President Lynn Fisher and chief executive Jonathan Throssell arguing that councillors were elected for that exact purpose, to be the public’s voice and source of advice.
It passed with five against.
Mr Bell’s third, and least controversial, motion requested live streaming of council meetings which received strong support from the gallery.
Mt Helena Resident and Ratepayer Association president Joan Quinn moved two motions, one for an extension of Mt Helena Aquatic Centre pool hours to accommodate extra time for its newly formed swimming club, see Big plans at pool this summer, page 5, and a second for an introduction of family passes into the pool.
Darlington Sports and Recreation Association chairman Geoff Barker moved that the Shire approve a modified development strategy for Stage 2 of the Darlington oval change room upgrades.
The revised strategy includes an extra $60,000 to the $60,000 already budgeted in the Shire’s 2019/2020 financial year and a request for Shire to support a $150,000 Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund grant application.
Several other motions concerned the organisation of a public forum on bushfire guidelines and laws, financial reports to separate administration and operational costs, a revision of the Shire’s signage policy to allow easier use of resources for community events and notices and the consideration of an eco-friendly caravan park on Old Northam Rd in Chidlow.
The youngsters also got involved in the democratic process, with about nine children attending to show their support for the creation of a skatepark in Chidlow.M