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Result of Special Electors meeting

Last week a Special Electors meeting was held on Monday (19th of May 2014), following a request by 110 City of Swan residents. This was called to allow residents to discuss the Claymore Close trees saga and more broadly the process of council meetings and councillors. The topics we listed for discussion where:

a) The meetings, motions and processes which led to the decision to remove two mature, public trees in Claymore Close, Guildford, and without community consultation contrary to the City’s stated principle of community engagement and as expressly recommended by the officer in this particular matter and contrary to the expert opinion sought by the City.

b) The transparency, accessibility and accountability of Council meetings and Councillors.

Forty seven electors attended and 13 made statements. Fourteen motions were moved and in almost all cases supported without opposition. Motions included: Preserving the Claymore Close trees, Development of a comprehensive tree policy, Starting council meetings later at 6:30 pm and Live streaming/ audio recording of council meetings. You can read the record of comments made and the full list of motions moved in the Council minutes here.

The current rescission motion by Cr Congerton regarding the Claymore Close trees will again be before council tomorrow night (Wednesday 28th May). It is hoped that tomorrow councillors will again vote to defer a decision on the trees until the motions of the special electors meeting can be considered. The motions from the Special Electors meeting will be presented with recommendations and voted on by council at the following council meeting on Wednesday the 18th of June.

We encourage all residents to attend these council meetings, 5:30 pm, located above the Midland Library.

Recent newspaper articles on the Special Electors Meeting.

Echo newspaper article 24 May 2014

Echo newspaper article 24 May 2014

Midland Reporter article 27 May 2014

Midland Reporter article 27 May 2014

City of Swan Council and Special Electors meetings

You probably would have seen the front covers of both the local papers last week, and the excellent coverage of the ongoing saga of the trees in Claymore Close. If not, you can read them below or the Echo piece on WA Today.

Since then, Cr Mel Congerton has moved a new rescission motion to revoke the previous decision to cut down both trees, and if successful, will move a new motion to cut down the Rose gum only. You can read the motion in Part C of the City of Swan Agenda for 7th May. While personally I still consider the removal of the gum unjustified, this motion has meant that the trees are protected for now. I invite all residents to attend the meeting tonight to hear the outcome.

Additionally, we have called a Special Electors meeting regarding the matter of the trees and the broader issues it raises of council meetings and community consultation. See the correspondence from the City below advising  that the meeting will be held on Monday 19th May at the Midland Town Hall. Please make sure you attend so we can discuss the matters listed below and pass appropriate motions relating to them. Hopefully any further decisions tonight regarding the trees will be deferred until after the Special Electors meeting.

“On 24 April 2014, the Mayor received your request for a special meeting of electors. The request advised that the details of the matters to be discussed at the special meeting are:

a)      The meetings, motions and processes which led to the decision to remove two mature, public trees in Claymore Close, Guildford, and without community consultation contrary to the City’s stated principle of community engagement and as expressly recommended by officer in this particular matter and contrary to the expert opinion sought by the City.

b)      The transparency, accessibility and accountability of council meetings and councillors.

The Mayor has advised that the Special Meeting of Electors is to be held on Monday, 19 May 2014 in the Auditorium of the Midland Town Hall, commencing at 6.00pm.

Councillors have been given notice of this meeting and local public notice will be given via notices placed in The Echo, Midland Reporter, Bullsbrook Gingin Advocate and Hills Gazette. Notices will also be displayed in the City administration building and libraries.

Special meetings are restricted to discussion on the matters specified in the request. These matters have been included in the notice of the meeting.

An agenda will be prepared and available on the City’s website on Friday, 9 May. Information regarding the conduct of the Special Electors Meeting will be provided within the Agenda.

The decisions made at an electors’ meeting are to be considered at the next meeting of Council. If this is impracticable, the decisions are to be considered at the subsequent meeting. However, it should be noted that any decisions made at a Special Meeting of Electors are not binding on the Council.

If you wish to discuss any issue in regard to this meeting, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Meghan Dwyer, Governance Support Officer, 9267 9120

 

Echo 2014-4-26

Midland Reporter 2014-4-29

 

 

Guildford Energy launch success

Guildford Energy launch

On Tuesday night, 45 people met at the Stirling Arms Hotel to hear about Guildford Energy and discuss the project.

GE launch2

Co-founder Rod Mitchell outlined similar very successful projects around the world (e.g. Brixton Energy) and several currently starting in Eastern Australia (e.g. Solar Share Canberra) . Dr Bernhard Mitchell then outlined the recent dramatic cost reductions in solar photovoltaics (PV) and the many reasons why solar is the way to go. The final presentation was by Dr Emily Mitchell who ran through the initial model for Guildford Energy in more detail (outlined below).

Initial proposed model for Guildford Energy.

Initial proposed model for Guildford Energy.

Finally, the most important part of the evening was to hear what everyone in the community thought! There were lots of questions, queries and clarification from the audience and the night finished with a co-design session in which people answered 10 questions on what they think about the project and see as the potential challenges and benefits. All these responses collected on post-it notes will be collated and we look forward to presenting the results at out next public meeting in a month or two.

Guildford Energy crowd  eager with questions and ideas

Guildford Energy crowd eager with questions and ideas

In the meantime, if you’d like to stay up to date and register your interest, please join our Mailing List and Like the Guildford Energy Facebook page.

Midland Reporter article 25th March 2014

Midland Reporter article 25th March 2014

Members of the Guildford Energy initiating team: Ben, Ash, Emily, Peter, Jenny, Bernhard & Rod

Members of the Guildford Energy initiating team: Ben, Ash, Emily, Peter, Jenny, Bernhard & Rod