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Cr Andrew Kiely asked why the Ellenbrook Community Collective put on an event during the local government election in the Altone ward. File picture

Questions about City of Swan funding

A CITY of Swan councillor has questioned whether funding given to the Ellenbrook Community Collective was used to help fund an event in a ward just prior to a local government election being held to fill a vacancy after another councillor resigned.

Cr Andrew Kiely asked why the Ellenbrook Community Collective (ECC) put on an event during the local government election in the Altone ward – outside the Ellenbrook area.

Deputy Mayor Kevin Bailey said Cr Kiely seemed to have no knowledge about what  was established as an agreement between the City and developer LWP to provide activation and events and other services to Ellenbrook.

Cr Ian Johnson called for a point of order saying the City’s staff should be answering the question not Cr Bailey.

Mayor David Lucas said he had allowed Cr Bailey to answer the question as the staff clearly had no knowledge of what Cr Bailey was speaking about.

“I think you will find the Beechboro (event) was sponsored and paid for out of the activation funds for that ward Mr Mayor, which is yours – I believe you were aware of that too,’’ Cr Bailey said.

“So all that was provided by the collective was the facilities – (they) didn’t even provide the labour because that was provided by the Lions Club of Morley.’’

Then Cr Kiely asked if the event was hosted by the ECC or not and Cr Lucas said he believed it was.

Cr Kiely said the question remained what was the ECC doing contributing funding to events outside of Ellenbrook when potentially they could be going to Ellenbrook youth service funding.

Cr Lucas said he would take the question on notice and go back to the ECC and get the answer for Cr Kiely.

In answer to questions from Echo News City of Swan chief executive officer Mike Foley said the City provided grants and funding to build sustainable local communities and enhance the social wellbeing and development of our community. 

“Applications are welcome from all community groups and not-for-profit organisations that are seeking support for projects, activities and events that address identified community needs,’’ he said.

“Funding to the ECC has been provided predominantly through the Aveley Community Reserve and the Ellenbrook Community Facilities Reserve, both of which are 50 per cent City and 50 per cent developer funded for community initiatives and the Swan Community Funding Scheme, which is City funded. 

“These funds were provided through an application process, which is in accordance with their respective community facilities and services agreements. 

“Funding has also been provided from the City’s Place Activation budgets, which provides support for individuals and groups to help activate communities through events and activities. 

“All funding and sponsorships provided by the City require the project or activity to be for the benefit of the wider community.’’

Mr Foley said the ECC acted as an auspice organisation for several unincorporated groups (an auspice organisation was responsible for receiving and managing grant funds for the benefit of an unincorporated group). 

In answer to questions by Patrick Roso  – who will run for council in October – the City said funding and acquittals from the Ellenbrook Community Facility Reserve and the Aveley Community Reserve to the Ellenbrook Collective was determined by either the Ellenbrook Community Advisory Group or the Aveley Community Advisory Group, acting in accordance with their respective community facilities and services agreement. 

“The ECC has provided documentation for the majority of expenditure from the Community Reserves for 2017-18 and the advisory groups were following up outstanding items,’’ the City said. 

“The advisory group is currently awaiting the required documentation for the 2019 Aveley Festival Event which was held on April 6 and will assess this in due course.’’

Ellenbrook Community Collective funding

2018-19

$20,000 Funded from the Aveley Community Reserve (50 per cent City and 50 per cent developer funded for events). 

$4,386 Funded out of the City of Swan’s Place Management budget for activities and events. 

2017-18

$6000 Funded from the Ellenbrook Community Facilities Reserve (50 per cent City and 50 per cent  developer funded for community initiatives)*auspice arrangements.

$21,200 Funded from the Aveley Community Reserve (50 per cent City and 50 per cent developer funded for events and initiatives). 

$6957 Funded out of the City of Swan’s Place Management budget for activities and events. 

$100 From the Members of Council budget. However, this was not funding provided to the Ellenbrook Collective per se, it was an auspiced payment to a third party for the Active Citizenship Award as part of the Australia Day Awards.  

2016-17

$20,000 Funded through the Swan Community Funding Scheme Event Sponsorship. 

$2,000 Funded from the Ellenbrook Community Facilities Reserve (50 per cent City and 50 per cent developer funded for community initiatives). *auspice arrangement. 

$7847 Funded from the Aveley Community Reserve (50 per cent City and 50 per cent developer funded for events and initiatives).

*The ECC did not receive funding during the prior financial years.

About Anita

Anita Mcinnes received a highly commended in the 2009 WA Media Awards suburban section for her reporting. As a mature age student Anita studied journalism at Curtin University before working in Busselton, Dunsborough and Rockingham with West Regionals. The best part of her job was meeting eastern suburb residents and visiting the many attractions in the area.

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