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Lee-Anne Smith coasted to selection in east ward with 63 per cent of votes

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Councillor Smith responsible for dog parks in Cockburn

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In November, Cockburn councillor Lee-Anne Smith requested a report into suitable sites, costs and construction periods be produced, saying residents had been calling for an exercise park since 2005.

A fenced-off dog park would provide Cockburn with a space for dogs to exercise, while also providing a location for dog training organisations to run classes and a venue for annual events.

‘Supporting the flexible Indigenous Employment program would be a good start and there needs to be investment in literacy, numeracy and employability skills that also develop pride and self-confidence,’ she said.

CITY of Cockburn will explore the idea of allowing residents to start and submit petitions on its website.

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Councillor Lee-Anne Smith will put forward a ‘request for a report without debate’ at the City’s monthly meeting this Thursday, offering City officers time to explore the pros and cons of the idea before bringing it back for councillors to consider.

Cr Smith was encouraged to put forward the idea after two community-driven petitions were knocked back by the City in May.

Both had collected significant support online but were rejected because they were not formatted in accordance with the City’s standing orders.

Cr Smith said Cockburn could follow the lead of the Brisbane City council by allowing residents to run and submit “ePetitions” online through its website, an alternative option to the current delivery of hard copy documents.

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Cr Lee-Anne Smith argued that figure did not represent how the community felt, with many too scared to put their concerns in writing.

“There are a vast number of people in the community who want this alternative to be put forward and it’s our duty to adopt the alternative recommendation,” she said.

 Councillor Lee-Anne Smith said she was against the new application.

“Much like the Optus application, these corporates show a blatant disregard for the local residents their towers are affecting,” she said.

“If we can take on Optus and win, we will beat Vodafone.”

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Councillor Lee-Anne Smith said she was against the new application.

“Much like the Optus application, these corporates show a blatant disregard for the local residents their towers are affecting,” she said.

“If we can take on Optus and win, we will beat Vodafone.”

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Councillor Smith voiced her full support for the Brigade in its efforts to keep the tanker at Banjup. For this she received enthusiastic applause. The Mayor and Cllr Whitfield were similarly disposed. They declared to put the Brigade's case before a full Council meeting and said that they would support the Brigade.

The Brigade Captain read a long list of the wrongdoings of the Cockburn Chief Fire Control Officer, Don Johnston, who did not attend the meeting. A motion of no confidence in Don Johnston was then put to the meeting. No one present, including the Council members, spoke in opposition to the motion and so the motion was carried unanimously.

Financial crisis services axed Councillor Smith restores faith and funding for Cockburn

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Lee-Anne Smith, who used to run the Halo program for underprivileged youth, says she might ask her colleagues to fund the service out of council coffers. She recalled a single mum who’d fallen behind on car repayments after taking time off work due to illness. She was just about to sign repossession papers when she’d said, “I might get some advice”. Cockburn’s financial counsellors were able to negotiate a payment schedule that allowed her to keep her car. “Losing the car when you’re a single mother would have had a big impact, on her and her family,” Cr Smith says.

LEE-ANNE SMITH CARING FOR COCKBURN

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