City of Bunbury council approves electric fence proposal and councillor allowances

City of Bunbury council approves electric fence proposal and councillor allowances.
City of Bunbury council approves electric fence proposal and councillor allowances.

Bunbury Honda and Kia has won the right to place an electric fence around its Vasse Street premises (off Bussell Highway) to deter vandalism. 

The City of Bunbury carried the motion 11 votes to one to grant development approval for the proposal. 

The proposal included 90 metres of electric fencing to be placed on top of the front fence, reaching an advised maximum height of 2.4 metres. 

The fencing will include 1 metre galvanised posts with eight insulators installed inside the existing balustrade fence posts. 

The fence will feature eight aluminum alloy plain wires spaced 90 millimetres apart. 

Warning signs will be placed 10m apart on the fence.

The council called for the fence’s installation/construction and maintenance to fit pre-approved conditions.  

Council agreed the development approval would expire if work was not undertaken within the next two years. 

A revised landscaping and landscape maintenance plan would also need to be presented to council, and fit specifications, prior to construction. 

Bunbury Honda and Kia owner Raymond Jones, addressing the council on October 3, revealed the premises has been hit with $30,000 in damages from vandalism over the past 18 months.

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On October 3, the council also voted in favour of a new policy outlining the support provided to elected council members. 

The policy outlines rules for allowances, insurance cover and supplies, in accordance with the Local Government Act 1995. 

The council also voted to revoke council policy for the reimbursement of accommodation and expenses. 

The proposal was carried by nine votes to three. 

The policy outlines Apple IPads or similar devices as the city’s preferred tools for the dissemination of council documentation via an online format.