Council cancels shire meetings

Tristan WheelerManjimup-Bridgetown Times
Manjimup Shire Council has cancelled its next 3 meetings.
Camera IconManjimup Shire Council has cancelled its next 3 meetings. Credit: South Western Times

Manjimup Shire Council has cancelled its meetings for the next three months as a result of COVID 19.

At a meeting on March 26, the council voted nine to one to cancel meetings until June 25.

From March 27 to June 24 chief executive officer Andrew Campbell assumes the power to decide matters that cannot be held over until the next meeting after consulting with councillors.

The chief executives’ power during this time is limited by the Local Government Act, which outlines decisions he cannot make using the power delegated to him.

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All decisions made during the time period must be reported to the council at the meeting due to occur on June 25 and any party that is aggrieved by a delegated decision made during this time period is able to request it is reconsidered at the next available council meeting.

Shire president Paul Omodei said the decision to cancel the meetings had increased the speed of councils approvals.

“Just today, we’ve had three items of business that have been sent out to all councillors for their approval or comment ... if they are in favour, they send back an email saying that they are in favour and if they’ve got any comment to add, then they add that comment, which will be taken into consideration,” he said.

“If there is no response by a certain period of time, then the CEO and the president will move the motion.”

“What we believe is the advantage of going this way is that we can make decisions more quickly, rather than waiting for the whole three weeks or four weeks before you can make a decision.”

Cr Omodei said the major reason for cancelling the meetings was the protection of councillors and staff from the COVID-19.

As part of the motion to cancel the council meetings, the council authorised the shire president to make emergency expenditure decisions after consulting the chief executive.

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