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Innes fails to back her rhetoric

In a masterful closing speech during debate over Council staff's recommendation to sell Council land in Dalmeny for development the Mayor said "Do think there is any necessity to rush forward with this decision? No, I do not". That brought about a vote of Mayne, McGinlay and Innes to defer the sale of the land. This motion was defeated by Lindsay Brown, James Thomson, Maureen Nathan, Jack Tait, Phil Constable and Rob Pollock. The motion put, and defeated, was that "This matter be deferred until, no earlier than the first meeting of the newly elected Council body later this year and that Staff plan for a period of formal community consultation in relation to this matter to be completed prior to any decision being made." With a vote of three Clr Anthony Mayne felt that there was an opportunity to put forward a rescission motion that would bring it back to the council for further community input and another vote. Anthony Mayne told The Beagle "The major number for a rescission motion is three. With three of us voting against the rushed sale of Dalmeny I had hoped we could get a rescission motion up. This would give us all more time to understand the impact on our community and environment. "Unfortunately only Councillor Pat McGinlay and I were prepared to sign it." "An almost doubling of Dalmeny, rushed through on the second last Council meeting after 5 years; little wonder the community says this Council does not engage with it." "The Mayne Team will bring this matter back to the very first sitting of the next council as it is too significant to hand over to staff to simply go and sell the land. We need affordable land for homes, with great contemporary urban design and social housing. This needs to change and hopefully a new Council will work with our community in building a better future."

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