March 2021 Council Meeting Wrap Up - a message from Lord Mayor Basil Zempilas
Last nights Council Meeting was fantastic and as always there is so much happening in the City of Perth.
As you know I have had plenty to say about the WACA re-development and in particular the pool. Council last night endorsed the development of a Business Plan to consider the Aquatic Facility as part of the WACA re-development.
That is part of our due diligence. It is also a legal requirement under s359b of the Local Government Act.
The Business Plan will give Council to opportunity to evaluate whether this is a good deal for you, the City of Perth ratepayers.
LGBTQIA+ Advisory Group
Last night, we endorsed the nominees for the LGBTQIA+ Advisory Group. They are 15 outstanding people who will assist Council to ensure Perth is a diverse and welcoming community.
I’m also delighted to support the Trans Day of Visibility today by flying the flag here at Council House and tonight the building will be lit with the trans colours of blue, white and pink.
City of Perth Winter Arts Festival
I’m very excited about the upcoming Winter Arts Festival set down for Perth in July. Winter is no longer a quiet time for the City. Keep watching this space for more details as we get closer to winter.
I also applaud the Deputy Lord Mayor Cr Anghie and Cr Bevan in raising motions to encourage more community events and festivals in the City and to support local, national and international groups to do so.
A shout out also to Cr Fleeton who discussed parking. The management of issues surrounding parking are firmly on our agenda, particularly the differences around commercial and residential parking.
Perth City Deal – Homelessness
Last night Council also committed $3M towards the Perth City Deal Homelessness package.
The City has already invested $1.5M in several initiatives to support people experiencing homelessness including our Safe Night Space in East Perth.
We have seen a dramatic increase in the number of rough sleepers in Perth in the past 6 months and as a Council, we advocate that the Perth City Deal homelessness package includes urgent interim initiatives in addition to long term, sustainable State Government initiatives such as Common Ground.
This City Deal contribution recognises the role the City has to play in supporting homelessness, but we do so with the clear understanding this is a State Government responsibility.
Ultimately, we have a responsibility to our ratepayers, visitors and businesses to ensure our city is safe for everyone, including those that are most vulnerable.
Perth City Farm
The Council was also delighted to provide an $80,000 Wellbeing Grant for Perth City Farm. This will enable them to increase their education program and benefit the whole community.
And finally…Council adopted a policy to stream Council meetings live. So very soon you will able to watch our monthly meetings from the comfort of your home. It’s all part of our commitment to be a more transparent and accessible local government.
Have a great Easter, enjoy some time with your families and stay safe.
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