City of Bunbury council discusses special electors meeting motion

Following last month's special electors meeting, council and community members returned to the City of Bunbury Chambers on Tuesday, September 3.

Council discussed a new motion, calling for the city to undertake public consultation to demonstrate that the proposed $40 million Civic and Cultural Precinct is viable and well supported by the community.

Addressing council last week, chief petitioner Marina Quain praised the city for listening to their concerns.

"I would like to thank council and the city's staff for engaging with our community," she said.

"I hope the community will continue to remain engaged with the city by participating in future consultations on items relevant to the direction of our beautiful town."

Community members Cheryl Kozisek and James Searle also voiced their concerns to council.

"The news continuously talks of a potential worldwide recession. I urge council to think before spending vast amounts of money without extreme caution," Mr Searle said.

"We need projects that will definitely work, not projects that are assumptions."

Councillor Brendan Kelly put forward an amendment calling for the city's chief executive, Mal Osborne, to organise a 'City of Bunbury Projects Expo', where all major projects will be showcased to the community.

The expo will provide an opportunity for updates, input, and feedback.

Council voted 10/1 in favour of the amendment, before voting unanimously for the motion.

Many of the motion's public consultation components will be implemented as part of the precinct's business case and planning process.

Bunbury Mayor Gary Brennan said the business case would include a six-week process for public consultation.

"For the city council and staff, it's business as usual. The staff have been tasked with preparing business cases for several projects," he said.

"In November, we will hold Q and A sessions etc. We are attempting to improve our communication with the community."