The AGM opened with a Welcome to Country by local Whadjuk Traditional elder Marie Taylor who gave a warm welcome and important message of unity, community and respect.
City of Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey thanked all of the electors who took the time to attend the meeting, noting that the purpose of an AGM is firstly, as prescribed by Regulation 15 of the Local Government (Administration) Regulations, to discuss the contents of the annual report for the previous financial year and then any other general business.
“The AGM is an important meeting where we deliver the Community Annual Report formally to our citizens. The Annual Report allows us to report back to the community on the previous year’s performance, keeping them informed and highlighting the achievements, successes and many different ways that we have been working towards achieving their aspirations,” he said.
“We also thank those community members who asked questions and presented motions in a manner that was considered, respectful and inclusive to all, with the elected members in attendance to listen and hear what the community have to say.
“Unfortunately due to past incidences of disrespectful and concerning behaviour demonstrated by a small number of people attending previous Council and Elector meetings, protecting the safety and welfare of all in attendance was a priority for this year’s AGM, therefore a zero tolerance approach was adopted as advised to the Department of Local Government and in line with Local Government Regulations and City of Melville Meeting Procedures Local Law.
“In 2016 the Strategic Community Plan was developed working with diverse members of the Melville community and establishing their aspirations; Clean and Green, Healthy Lifestyles, Growth and Prosperity, Safe and Secure, Sense of Community and Sustainable Connected Transport, and in doing so, setting the direction for everything we do as a local government.
“Reporting back to our community, on how well we are focused on these aspirations is an important function and I really encourage everyone to take the time and look through the Community Annual Report 2017-2018.”
Hard copies of the Community Annual Report 2017-2018 are available from the City of Melville Civic Centre and libraries as well as online at www.melvillecity.com.au/annualreport
• Public questions and responses from the AGM will be provided in the Minutes of the Meeting which must be published within 10 business days of the meeting.
• Motions presented at the AGM will be compiled, researched and presented in a report to the Council at the next Ordinary Meeting of Council that is practicable, as per the Local Government Act 1995.
• Publishing of the elector’s registration list is exempt under Clause 3 of Schedule 1 of the Freedom of Information Act and will not be released by the City.
For more information contact 1300 635 845 | 9364 0666 or visit www.melvillecity.com.au/annualreport