• Let the debate begin

    NO less than nine notices of motion will go before tomorrow night’s council meeting.

    In what has been perhaps the biggest build up to a council meeting in recent history, councillors are set to debate several contentious issues.

    Councillor Julian Fidge accounts for six of the motions, while Crs Noel Amery and Tammy Atkins make up the remainder.

    The meeting is also expected to herald the return of Cr Lisa McInerney, who has been on leave, believed to be due to stress.

    Council’s chief executive officer, Doug Sharp, has also made contributions to the notices of motion, offering comments at the end of two of Cr Fidge’s intended motions.

    One of Cr Fidge’s notices of motion asks for council to provide more information about the Target/multi-deck car park deal.

    He is asking council to table the risk assessment, ministerial approval and treasurer’s approval for the deal, referring to sections of the Local Government Act that require such a process to be followed.

    Mr Sharp’s comments essentially

    say all the information required was already given to councillors at the special council meeting on February 8 when council voted in favor of entering into the deal.

    Another notice of motion put forward by Cr Fidge asks that council receive a letter from a landowner in response to a heritage citation report, and once again, Mr Sharp’s comments say that the correct process was followed.

    “Letters received in response to documents on public exhibition are treated as submissions and, as such, are reported on at the appropriate time,” it states.

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