$20k cost of moving barbie better spent elsewhere: MP

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North West Central member Vince Catania with community members concerned at the removal of the barbecue.
Camera IconNorth West Central member Vince Catania with community members concerned at the removal of the barbecue. Credit: Vince Catania

North West Central Member Vince Catania wants Carnarvon Shire Council to reverse a decision to remove the free community barbecue adjacent to Baxter Park and relocate it to Town Beach.

“There are already barbecues at Town Beach — this location provides an alternative venue for the community,” Mr Catania said.

The Shire proposed to move the barbecue following a nearby resident’s complaint.

At the January council meeting, Cr Eddie Smith moved to cease work to relocate the barbecue because of a lack of community consultation.

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The council was split on the decision, with four councillors voting to remove the barbecue and four councillors voting to leave it near the park.

Shire president Karl Brandenburg exercised his casting vote to remove it.

“There has been no consultation with the Carnarvon community on this,” Mr Catania said.

“The last thing Carnarvon needs is to have facilities reduced.”

Mr Catania said the cost of moving the barbecue was about $20,000, which he said should be spent on improving amenities.

“The Shire is wasting money on moving a perfectly good barbecue facility somewhere more acceptable based on a complaint from one resident,” he said.

“There are much more pressing needs for council — $20,000 could be spent providing shade for the existing playgrounds at Town Beach or Baxter Park or investing in repairing the town beach play equipment.”

According to a report to the council by Infrastructure Services manager David Nielsen, an angry resident wrote to the council because the structure was located in front of his home.

“Council undertook a community consultation process regarding the Fascine revitalisation project, which was completed in several separate stages,” Mr Nielsen wrote.

“The Shire president advised that throughout the Fascine consultation process, it was determined and agreed by the working group not to place shelters in front of residences.

“The Shire president also advised that at the time this shelter was constructed, both he and the former CEO were on leave and the acting CEO under a delegated authority approved the revised location.”

The Shire of Carnarvon has been contacted for comment.

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