THE Melville residents and ratepayers association is coming back from the dead and next month will hold its first meeting in more than 10 years.
Formed in 1972, the association once boasted around 40 members but Mark McLerie says membership flatlined around 2004 when people were relatively happy with the way the city was run.
Mr McLerie says people are less happy with the council led by mayor Russell Aubrey and CEO Shayne Silcox, and claims 30 have already signed up to re-boot the MRRA.
“The city is failing to proactively embrace the state government agenda for improving transparency and accountability,” Mr McLerie says.
“For example, its rejection of Cr Pazolli’s recent motion to provide free access to council meeting audio recordings appears contrary to that agenda.
“Leadership of the city is changing towards an administration style that appears to be separating councillors from their legislated responsibility of governing the city’s affairs.
“There appears a bullying thrust within the city to direct the outcome of council decisions in favour of administrative control, contrary to the requirement of the local government act.”
Last year the Herald revealed Melville council had spent at least $10,000 to investigate three serving councillors who are often at odds with the mayor and his ruling faction.
The conduct of councils across WA have come under scrutiny since October, when the corruption and crime commission found Perth lord mayor Lisa Scaffidi had “signally failed in her duties” by not disclosing several gifts and travel packages.
Others involved in the rejuvenation of the MRRA include Mike Nichol, president of the friends of Attadale foreshore, and Ben Peng.
The MRRA will hold its first meeting on March 1 at 6pm at the East Fremantle Yacht Club.
by STEPHEN POLLOCK