Labor claims secrecy on city plan

The city council administration is keeping information about changes to the new city plan secret, Opposition and independent councillors claimed at yesterday’s council meeting.

Opposition leader Milton Dick asked the Lord Mayor what changes were being made to the plan after chair of the Neighbourhood Planning and Development Assessment committee Cr Amanda Cooper revealed the State Government had made recommendations.

But Lord Mayor Graham Quirk implied the information was readily available.

“There’s no secret. What the Opposition has to do is read the files,” he said.

Independent Nicole Johnston shouted from across the chamber: “But you won’t release them!”

The Lord Mayor said the changes recommended by the State Government were minor.

“There is no show stopper. They are fairly minor…changes in terminology, maybe some accuracy issues from here or there . . . but there is nothing of great significance,” he said.

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