Special Meeting of Electors

A Special Meeting of Electors was held on Monday, 23 January 2017 at the City of Melville to discuss ‘The environmental and community impacts of the proposed ground lease of a portion of Tompkins Park to Wave Park Group Pty Ltd for the development of a surf sports, recreation and leisure facility.’

The meeting was the second of two Special Meetings of Electors held at the request of the community since Councils approval on 28 November 2016 to advertise the Ground Lease Proposal and Business Case for the proposed facility.

“City of Melville Chief Executive Officer Dr Shayne Silcox said the meeting last night was attended by an unprecedented number of City of Melville electors, with 656 registered on the night, indicating the significance of this project to the community.

“The number of electors was well above any previous attendance levels for Special Meetings of Electors and consequently posed difficulties in counting votes,” said Dr Silcox.

“It would not have been appropriate to count and validate votes in those circumstances and the decision was made to revert to a postal vote to ensure the integrity of the process.

“I can confirm all electors who completed a registration form at the Meeting will be sent a postal vote within the coming days, which we will confirm once scheduled.”

The postal vote will ask electors to respond to two motions:

Original motion

“That the City of Melville Council NOT support in any way, including by granting of a ground lease, or proceed with, the location of the proposed Wave Park on any part of Tompkins Park, the current site of the Melville Bowling Club or any other part of the Applecross, Alfred Cove or Attadale foreshores.”

Second motion

“Electors hereby request that Council refer all of the questions and concerns of electors expressed at this meeting to Wave Park Group Pty Ltd so that they can be addressed as part of the preparation of any development application that might be prepared for the site.

“Further, electors hereby request that Council ensures each of these matters are considered relevant regulatory authorities as required under the planning and environmental approval process associated with any development application submitted by Wave Park Group Pty Ltd.”

“The outcome of the postal vote will be advised in a report to the Council and in the minutes of the meeting that will be placed on the City’s website,” clarified Dr Silcox.

“It needs to be understood that while the final outcome of a vote at a Special Electors Meeting must be considered by the Council, it does not bind the Council to that decision.

“All information, including the outcome of both the Special Elector Meetings and public submissions from the advertising period are intended to be presented to Council in February 2017.

“Council will make a decision as to whether or not to accept the proposal.”

Should the ground lease proposal be approved by Council, a conditional lease agreement will then be prepared and executed between the City and the proponent.

The Wave Park Group will then be permitted to commence the development application process and lodge a statutory development application with the relevant State Regulatory Approval Agencies, which does not fall within the jurisdiction of Local Government and the City of Melville.

For more information please visit www.melvillecity.com.au/communityconsultation.