track record on council


I wanted to become a Councillor to make things better for our community. To that end, I have an excellent attendance record at council meetings and frequently contribute to the debate, especially on matters of strategic planning, corporate governance and planning for our future.

Whilst there have been countless times I have moved, supported or amended council motions, I have also personally created the following motions at Council:

17/11/2015

The Council amends the motion made at its Ordinary Meeting on 28 April 2015 in relation to Item 9.2 -Maylands Parking Strategy, such that the car parking strategy for the Maylands Town Centre does not solely identify areas for parking stations, but rather focuses on an integrated transport approach to managing parking in the town centre.

 STATUS: In progress. Council received a report on the 1st phase of the strategy (parking surveys) at its meeting held on 31 May 2016 and authorised the preparation of the strategy. Development of the strategy is underway.

Carried forward to next progress table ONGOING (draft plan currently at community engagement. Due back for adoption in September 2017)

 

17/11/2015

  1. That the City's officers prepare a report to Council in relation to the different types of schemes

for planter boxes and parklets that could be installed in the main shopping streets in the Bayswater, Morley, Maylands, Noranda and Bedford centres, including options relating to community consultation, design and location criteria, costs, funding and implementation -options including a trial, 'adopt a planter' installation, City installation and/or installation by other programs.

2. That the report is presented at the mid-year financial review for budgeting.

 STATUS: Planterbox Guidelines adopted. Sample built by the Bayswater Men’s Shed and installed at the Morley Library.

NB: This was originally a NoM from Cr Coates that I changed quite a bit and moved as an alternate motion.

 

15/12/2015

That the Council remove the practice of an annual Christmas Gift Hamper to the value of $200 each for Partners of Councillors and Directors, with the funds being reallocated back to the general budget.

 STATUS: Gift Hampers no longer provided to partners.

 

15/12/2015

That Council:

1. As a part of the 2015 Corporate Business Plan review process, Council supports in principal the inclusion of a new action to develop an Active Ageing Strategy, in the 2016 - 2020 Corporate Business Plan.

2. Notes that officers will investigate a cost estimate for the development of an Active Ageing Strategy for consideration as a part of the 2016/17 budget allocation process.

 STATUS: Completed. Stage one has been budgeted for delivery in the 16/17 financial year. Rebranded as “Age Friendly Strategy”

 

2/2/2016

That the Council:

  • Requests that the Chief Executive Officer investigate Place Management Roles for the City’s Town Centres, to include a new focus on driving innovative economic, retail and place making strategies for the City's four (4) main Town Centres, Bayswater, Maylands, Morley and Noranda;

  • Endorses, in principle, the establishment of new Place Manager roles to-develop and co-ordinate the implementation of proposed strategies and programs; and-act as the point of responsibility and accountability for initiatives, outcomes and objectives in each position’s allocated Town Centre; and

  • Requests that the Chief Executive Officer submit a report to the Council, no later than 16 May 2016. The report to include, but not be limited to

- Place Manager roles, initiatives, outcomes and objectives

- Financial implications, with funding to be primarily drawn from existing resources; and

- Any other relevant matters.

 STATUS: Completed. A paper was tabled at the Councillor Workshop on 26 April 2016. Council resolved at the 31 May 2016 OCM as follows:

"That Council:

1. Supports the introduction of two Place Manager positions to provide place management at the town centres within the City of Bayswater, and these positions to replace the current Economic Development Officer position (Model 1).

  1. Considers a further allocation of $86,000 for the additional place management position as part of the 2016-17 budget process."

 

The adopted budget for 2016-17 allocates funding for the positions from 1 January 2017.

The 2 Place Managers commenced work in mid-January 2017.

 

2/2/2016

That the Council Officers prepare a report for the mid-year budget review on associated costs and available funds for a Bus Shelter to be installed outside the Maylands Hall on Eighth Avenue, Maylands.

 STATUS: By a quirk, I realised at last minute that I couldn’t actually be in the room for this one as I had proximity interest. I signed note with Cr Brent Fleeton to move the item, which he did and it passed.

Bus shelter installed March 2016

 

5/4/2016

That the City explores options with the Public Transport Authority (PTA) to share a public toilet facility at the Maylands Train Station site with PTA patrons and the Maylands Community, and report back to Council by May 2016 on the PTA's feedback and associated costs. Options to be explored are to include a stand-alone self-cleaning toilet, modifications to the existing toilet facility inside the former Maylands Parcels Office to make it suitable for use by abled and disabled persons along with the incorporation of baby change facilities, or a self -cleaning toilet module in the Parcels Office.

 STATUS: A status update was provided to 31 May 2016 OCM. PTA has confirmed in writing that it does not support a new public toilet in the former Maylands Parcels Office building or a stand-alone toilet on any land under the control of the PTA at the train station site. Council considered a report at the 2 August 2016 OCM and noted this outcome.

ACTION COMPLETED

We have since secured $80,000 from the Labor government (via Lisa Baker) for a toilet at the station. We must now liaise with the PTA.

 

21/06/2016

That the Chief Executive Officer investigates and provides a report to Council on examples of best practice accountability measures that have been adopted by other Australian local governments, particularly highlighting those that may be relevant to the City and the Western Australia jurisdiction by 23 August 2016.

 STATUS: Report presented to Council at 23 August 2016 OCM.

 

23/08/2016

That City Officers liaise with business owners on the southern side of Walter Road between Roseberry Street and Salisbury Street in relation to the preparation of a preferred parking and streetscape  plan (including seating, bin locations and beautification works) and the developed plan be referred back to Council for consideration.

 STATUS: Site meeting with business owner 31 October 2016. Officers currently developing plans for consultation. Plans being finalised for consultations with affected businesses.

 

13/9/2016

That Council, in order to lead by example, request staff to prepare landscape design plans for the provision of waterwise verge gardens and tree planting at the City's administration centre and the implementation of the plans be considered during the formulation of the City's Corporate Business Plan and Budget for 2017/18.

 STATUS: 40k allocated on 17/18 budget. Installation scheduled for week of 28 August 2017.

 

25/10/2016

That Officers prepare a report by December 2016 detailing the cost implications of extending the opening hours of Maylands Waterland by one hour per day from the first opening day in January 2017.

Should additional costs be identified, Officers are also requested to identify source funding from the current budget to meet these.

 STATUS: Completed. Extra hour of operation added for 9am -5pm. Considered successful and will become the permanent operating hours.

 

25/10/2016

That Council amend the Elected Members -Allowances Policy to pay the Members Fees and ICT Allowance quarterly in arrears commencing 31 January 2018 each year and that a full review of this policy be undertaken.

 STATUS: Policy was updated. Payment changes from one year in advance to quarterly in arrears from this year’s election cycle.

 

28/3/2017

That Council:

1. Supports the inclusion of a new action in the 2017-21 Corporate Business Plan to "Investigate possible locations for permanent event stage structures within the City's Regional reserves".

2. Notes that costs (inclusive of whole of life) associated with any future permanent event stage structures will be considered as part of the long term financial planning process for 2017-27.

STATUS: Carried and included as part of the 2017-21 CBP.

 

26/4/2017

That, City of Bayswater:

1. Publicly supports marriage equality irrespective of sex or gender identity, and acknowledges that marriage equality is a key human rights principle.

2. Recognises that civil marriage makes a positive contribution to families and communities.

3. Acknowledges that many people in the municipality are disadvantaged by the current law and social exclusion.

4. Notes that marriage equality now exists in 22 countries, including Britain, Ireland, the USA, Canada and New Zealand.

5. Writes to all Federal MPs and Senators and the Prime Minister, advising them of Council's support and encouraging them to prioritise changes to the Marriage Act through a respectful debate and with a conscience vote by all MPs.

STATUS: Letters posted on 16/5/2017.

 

14/11/2017

That Council requests the City to prepare a report on biophilic urban design, including green/solar roofs and walls, and how the City can develop a policy to create better understanding and use of biophilic urban design throughout the City of Bayswater. The report is to be presented to a future Planning and Development Services Committee meeting.

 STATUS: Not commenced -to be considered as part of work plan for 2019.

 

30/1/2018

That Council:

1.Authorises the Chief Executive Officer to seek expressions of interest for lease/use of the Maylands Autumn Centre, and grounds.

2.Requests a report be presented to Council at or before the April 2018 round of meetings, presenting expressions of interest.

 STATUS: COMPLETED -Approved at CTFCSC 17 April 2017 AREANAarts commenced the 2 year lease agreement 1 July 2018.

 

22/5/2018

That Council:

1. Reviews the draft Economic Development Plan (December 2012 to June 2014) at a future Councillor Workshop and consider adding appropriate actions of the Plan to the Economic/Business Framework (May 2017).

2. Discusses the employment of an Economic Development Officer at the same workshop.

 STATUS: In Progress A paper was considered at the Councillor workshop held 31 July 2018 and the feedback received will be further investigated.

 

26/06/2018

That Council request the City to prepare a report on the feasibility of integrating a bike trail into the Hinds Reserve (to the north of the car park area). The report should be prepared in liaison with WestCycle and include the estimated costs, feasibility and community engagement approaches proposed; as well as identify external funding opportunities for the project with the aim of the project being fully funded by external sources. The report should be delivered by the October round of meetings.

 STATUS: Carried

 

25/09/2018

That Council delegates authority to the Chief Executive Officer to approve the design, colour, theme and location of any further street furniture and similar infrastructure throughout the City to encourage activation and placemaking initiatives and reduce red-tape. In approving infrastructure, consideration is to be given to the safety, maintenance and operational implications. Authorised infrastructure includes, but is not limited to:• Bins and bin surrounds;• Seating;• Bicycle racks;• Planters;• Parklets;• Bus shelters;• Public art; and• Utility cabinets and other third party infrastructure (with the approval of the relevant service agency or third party)

 STATUS: Carried. Completed. Delegation granted.

 

25/01/2019

That if Maylands Waterland is to be closed for good, Council authorises the Chief Executive Officer to investigate the preservation of the 150th celebration of WA Swan that is in the large pool and the mounting of it as a public display in a prominent location in Maylands.

 STATUS: This motion will be incorporated into any plans for demolition, once a decision is made regarding the future of the site.

 

 

 

Notices of motion, by Cr Catherine Ehrhardt, that were not supported by Council

 

6/12/2016

1. Trials the cessation of the provision of meals for Council meetings, including workshops and committees, from 31 December 2016 to 30 June 2017.

3. That no alcohol be available prior to the meetings.

STATUS: Not supported

6/12/12016

"That a report be presented to Council no later than March 2017 on the options available to the City in relation to the holding of a community poll to assess the community opinion with regards to:

1. Adopting  the  alternative  method  of  filling  the  office  of  Mayor  by  election  by  the  electors of the district.

2. Reviewing/discontinuing the ward system.

3. Reducing the number of offices of Councillors within in the district."

STATUS: Lost 3/7.

26/06/2018

That Council considers the inclusion of the following works at Bardon Park in the 2018/19 Budget, and these works to be funded from the Cash-in-Lieu for Public Open Space Trust Fund:

1. An access ramp for persons with a disability and stairs from the upper level carpark and playground to the lower level playground and toilets;

2. A wheelchair accessible swing in the upper level playground; and 3. A long slide built into the hill from the upper level playground down the slope.

STATUS: Lost

OTHER COUNCILLOR/OFFICER MOTIONS THAT I AM PROUD TO HAVE SUPPORTED

 

To put it succinctly, I have voted in favour of all transparency and accountability motions put through our Council. Some were just too long winded to record here (all are available at the City website). But, getting rid of clothing allowance, supporting audio recording of meetings and making them available on website, and starting a Developer Contact Register are just some of the many great things our Council is doing.

15/12/2015

COUNCIL RESOLUTION

That a report on proposed "caretaker election period policy” be presented to Council for debate and adoption no later than March 2016.

CR BRENT FLEETON MOVED, CR CATHERINE EHRHARDT SECONDED

CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY

 

15/12/2015

COUNCIL RESOLUTION

That Policy No. EO-P04 be amended to exclude "costs associated with clothing worn by elected members.

CR BRENT FLEETON MOVED, CR MICHELLE SUTHERLAND SECONDED

CARRIED: 7/3

VOTE FOR - Cr Brent Fleeton, Cr Dan Bull, Cr Stephanie Coates, Cr Chris Cornish, Cr Michelle Sutherland, Cr Sally Palmer and Cr Catherine Ehrhardt.

 

15/12/2015

COUNCIL RESOLUTION

That City officers provide the Council and residents of the City of Bayswater an update as to the progress of the 20% by 2025 Tree Canopy Vision with a view to arranging a public forum which is to be facilitated by an appropriately qualified facilitator and allow for appropriate and broad community and stakeholder consultation and input.

CR DAN BULL MOVED, CR CATHERINE EHRHARDT SECONDED

CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY

 

15/12/2015

COUNCIL RESOLUTION

That Council:

1. Requests the Chief Executive Officer, by the 11 January 2016, to make the City of Bayswater Register of Gifts and Hospitality to Council Members and Employees, publicly accessible on the City’s website.

2. A hard copy of the Register be made available at the Civic Centre.

CR DAN BULL MOVED, CR CATHERINE EHRHARDT SECONDED

CARRIED: 9/1

 

2/2/2016

COUNCIL RESOLUTION

That Council:

1. Amends Policy EO-P04 to exclude all items under the equipment accessories component of the policy.

CR CHRIS CORNISH MOVED, CR CATHERINE EHRHARDT SECONDED

CARRIED: 8/3

 

23/2/2016

COUNCIL RESOLUTION

That the cost associated with the provision of data sim cards for Councillor tablets be funded through the Telecommunication Allowance commencing the next billing cycle.

CR CHRIS CORNISH MOVED, CR CATHERINE EHRHARDT SECONDED

CARRIED: 6/5

 

12/6/2016

COUNCIL RESOLUTION

That Council requests the Chief Executive Officer to prepare by 1 September 2016 a draft policy for consideration by Council with the aim of minimising confidential items in Council Meetings, as well as an accompanying explanatory note for the public which, once finalised and endorsed by Council will be published on the City's website.

CR DAN BULL MOVED, CR CATHERINE EHRHARDT SECONDED

CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY

 

21/6/2017

COUNCIL RESOLUTION

That Council requests the Chief Executive Officer to create a dedicated accountability and governance portal on the home page of the City's website by 1 September 2016, which provides the following information:

- A link to each on-line register;

- Mayor and Councillors sitting fees, allowances and meeting attendances per year (including committee meetings and workshops), per member;

- Number of employees paid salaries of $100,000 or more, listed according to department; and

- Each other transparency, disclosure, or accountability measure that has been adopted by City (and that the portal is updated from time to time as each transparency, disclosure or accountability measure is adopted by the City in the future).

CR DAN BULL MOVED, CR CHRIS CORNISH SECONDED                                       

CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY

 

12/7/2016

COUNCIL RESOLUTION

That the City publishes on its website those planning applications that are undertaking community consultation, including details and plans of the application and consultation and an online submission form.

This is to be in accordance with the Local Government Act, copyright and other relevant legislation, and to commence online by Monday, 5 September 2016.

CR DAN BULL MOVED, CR CATHERINE EHRHARDT SECONDED

CARRIED: 9/1

 

6/12/2016

COUNCIL RESOLUTION

That Council requests the Acting Chief Executive Officer prepare a draft economic/businesses framework by 31 April 2017 for Council's consideration that aims to support, enhance and revitalise existing local businesses within the City of Bayswater as well as provide incentives for new businesses to emerge and existing businesses to relocate to the district.

Such draft is to be developed in consultation with ratepayers, existing businesses and business representative groups (such as CEBA, MBA, BVTA, and BB).

CR DAN BULL MOVED, CR MICHELLE SUTHERLAND SECONDED                              CARRIED: 9/1

FOR VOTE - Cr Barry McKenna, Mayor, Cr Alan Radford, Cr Chris Cornish, Cr Michelle Sutherland, Cr John Rifici, Cr Sally Palmer, Cr Dan Bull, Cr Brent Fleeton and Cr Catherine Ehrhardt.

 

28/2/2017

COUNCIL RESOLUTION

That Council:

1. As a part of the 2017 Corporate Business Plan review process, supports the inclusion of a new action to develop an Arts Plan (including the formation of an Arts Advisory Group) in the 2017-2021 Corporate Business Plan.

2. Requests that Officers investigate a cost estimate for the development and ongoing management of an Arts Plan for Council consideration as a part of the 2017/18 budget process.

CR STEPHANIE COATES, DEPUTY MAYOR MOVED, CR JOHN RIFICI SECONDED  CARRIED: 5/4

FOR VOTE - Cr Barry McKenna, Mayor, Cr Stephanie Coates, Deputy Mayor, Cr John Rifici, Cr Dan Bull and Cr Catherine Ehrhardt

NB: Development of Arts Plan and Formation of an Arts Advisory Group

 

27/6/2017

COUNCIL RESOLUTION

That Council amend action L1.3.2: Develop a land asset disposal and acquisition strategy and program in the draft Corporate Business Plan 2017-21 to include an audit of the City's buildings to identify utilisation levels; this action is to commence in 2018-19 and the draft scope and costs associated with this audit to be presented to Council by December 2017.

CR BRENT FLEETON MOVED, CR DAN BULL SECONDED

CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY

 

27/6/2017

COUNCIL RESOLUTION

That Council:

1. Requests the Chief Executive Officer to prepare a further report in relation to the establishment of a Design Review Panel, taking into consideration the Western Australian Planning Commission's draft Design Review Guide and addressing the following matters:

• The purpose/role of the Panel;

• Composition of the Panel including the number, type and qualifications and experience of Panel members;

• Meeting details; and

•Budget implications.

2. Considers the establishment of a Design Review Panel at the next Ordinary Council Meeting.

CR STEPHANIE COATES, DEPUTY MAYOR MOVED, CR CATHERINE EHRHARDT SECONDED CARRIED: 9/1

 

 

Alternate Recommendations or Officer reports that I have been proud to move

22/3/2017

RESOLUTION (point 5 added to officer recommendation)

That Council:

1. Receives the Friends of Maylands Lakes (FOML) preferred Option 1 for the management of the Maylands Lakes.

2. Gives in principle support to progress the high priority actions of the Maylands Lakes report as identified by FOML

'Option 1'.

3. Considers the allocation of the following funds as part of the Corporate Business Plan, Long Term Financial Plan and Draft budgets for the management of the Maylands Lakes:

BUDGET YEAR ALLOCATION

2017-18: $404,000              

2018-19: $1,255,000

4. Supports the FOML' application to seek grant funding to implement a community education program for the Maylands Lakes.

5. Seeks further funding from the National Resource Management NRM or equivalent fund.

CR CATHERINE EHRHARDT MOVED,         CR JOHN RIFICI SECONDED                    

CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY

 

21/06/2017

RESOLUTION (my Alternate motion)

That Council:

1. Acknowledges the contribution the community have made during the consultation phase of this project.

2. Approves a revised Option 3 that refurbishes all current pools and essential supporting facilities (such as toilets and first aid); design works should also include kiosk design and construction as an optional component should a commercial funding partner not be found.

3. Authorises the Chief Executive Officer to progress the design phase in accordance with the proposed budget of $200,000 in the 2017-18 financial year.

4. Authorises the Chief Executive Officer to investigate alternate funding and operational models for the kiosk (including a Build, Own, Operate model) and report back to Council during the 2017-18 financial year.

5. Where practical, further consultation will be undertaken within the design phase of this project to provide the community with further input into specific design elements.

CR CATHERINE EHRHARDT MOVED,                   CR JOHN RIFICI SECONDED                             

CARRIED: 6/3

 

 LOST MOTIONS THAT I SUPPORTED FROM OTHER COUNCILLORS NoMS

15/12/2016

COUNCIL RESOLUTION

That Council:

Requests the Chief Executive Officer to prepare a draft policy for consideration by Council to establish the creation of a public register of Council Member Contact with Developers, which should include but not be limited to recording every instance of a prescribed or defined contact with a developer noting the:

• Developer name;

• Date and time of contact;

• Type of contact;

• Property or properties within the City of Bayswater to which the contact is related;

And

• Nature of the issue covered in the contact.

The Chief Executive Officer shall prepare the draft policy and present to Council no later than March 2016, noting other Local Governments have already adopted or are in preparation of developer contact registers.

CR DAN BULL MOVED, CR CATHERINE EHRHARDT SECONDED

LOST: 4/6

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