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The City of Swan says all the motions passed at the electors’ meeting will be considerd at a future council meeting.

Swan electors say no confidence in council

MOTIONS about environmental offsets and checking development applications for any need to refer them to the federal Department of Environment especially if they were likely to affect threatened fauna and flora were put forward at the City of Swan annual electors’ meeting on Tuesday evening.

But Midland resident and passionate Midland Oval campaigner Jennifer Catalano also put forward a motion saying owing to failure of the city to adhere to the Local Government Act and its disregard for its residents and ratepayers the electors at the meeting had no confidence in the council after it supported the New Junction design and business plan.

Echo News understands all the motions put forward at the meeting, at which councillors Peter Lyndon-James, Rod Henderson and Mark Elliott were absent, were passed.

A post on the Save Midland’s Green Heart Facebook page said the motion of no confidence was passed in relation to the Midland Oval redevelopment (with only three electors voting against the motion).

“Despite this the meeting was orderly, well chaired and without any drama,’’ the post said. 

“Apparently in addition to the usual three security guards there was a uniformed policeman. 

“Sounds nothing like the City of Melville annual meeting of electors last week where reportedly they had eight security guards [with] hecklers and several electors being expelled from the meeting.’’

On Friday, December 14 Midland Police officer-in-charge Senior Sgt Jason Van der Ende said he had not been at the meeting as part of security but to listen to the Midland community.

The North Swan Land Conservation District committee put forward a motion that the city develop an offset policy whereby developers of land for its zoned purpose are required to embark on a revegetation program to offset loss of native vegetation through land clearing, even if a permit to clear is obtained.

“This offset revegetation should be as close to the area cleared as possible and contain similar species of trees and shrubs that are being cleared.’’ The motion said.

“A bond to the value of the vegetation being cleared should be lodged with the city until such a time as the revegetation program has been deemed to be successful by an independent third party with expertise in native revegetation.’’

The Bullsbrook Residents and Ratepayers Association put forward a motion asking the city’s planning department to check each development application against requirements for referral to the federal government’s Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) and to refer, or alternatively to require the development application applicant to refer, the matter for consideration by the Australian Government’s Department of the Environment, should the development application meet the criteria for referral. 

The association said this especially related to development applications which would impact negatively on listed threatened fauna and flora and their habitat within the City of Swan.

In answer to complaints the city was unable to provide responses to the most simple and straight forward questions City of Swan chief executive officer Mike Foley said at the start of the electors’ meeting Mayor David Lucas advised the audience any questions of a general nature would be answered at the meeting, or otherwise would be taken on notice in order to give the city time to provide detailed responses. 

All the motions passed at the electors’ meeting will be considerd at a future council meeting.

By Anita McInnes

About Anita

Anita Mcinnes received a highly commended in the 2009 WA Media Awards suburban section for her reporting. Two of her sons were born at Swan District Hospital and for many years she was a partner in a small business, which operated in the Gingin-Muchea-Bullsbrook area. As a mature age student Anita studied journalism at Curtin University before working in Busselton, Dunsborough and Rockingham with West Regionals. She says the best part of her job is meeting eastern suburb residents and visiting the many attractions in the area.

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