A local council debate over shifting a visitor centre less than 2km away got so out of hand that the city’s mayor threatened to call police as enraged residents screamed from the back of the room and made rude gestures before storming out. City of Bunbury councillors voted on Tuesday night on a proposal about the location of its visitor centre, while dozens of residents and business owners sat in the gallery. When elected members voted against a motion, residents yelled “shame on you” and “(you’re) not worth listening to”, with one even making an “up yours” gesture to the council. The meeting descended into such chaos that mayor Jaysen Miguel threatened to call police, telling attendees he would not hesitate if they did not keep their thoughts to themselves or leave the room. Councillors had been debating a motion to revoke a previous decision to move the Bunbury Visitor Centre 1.3km away from its current old railway station location to the Koombana Bay foreshore. The City initially voted on the item on August 16 but Cr Gabi Ghasseb proposed a motion at Tuesday night’s meeting to go back on the decision, claiming it was in the interest of local businesses who had not been consulted enough on the matter. When the decision was made last month, council documents stated the shift to Koombana Bay was because of issues around antisocial behaviour and worker safety detailed in a confidential report. Despite the matter having already been through council, Mr Ghasseb conducted an independent survey with 52 businesses and community members in the area, 46 of which voted against the relocation. His motion to overturn it was shut down seven votes to five. Mr Ghasseb said during the debate councillors needed to follow the City motto to actively listen and think things through. “Let’s listen to the public and bring back a united decision,” he said. “Flesh it out and bring it back in a form that is acceptable to the community, that reflects their aspirations.” Mr Miguel said he was aware of the varying views on the topic and the City was looking to implement the best solution. “One of the difficult things with visitors centres is that a lot of people have very different opinions, some a very strong opinion, and that passion shows out,” he said. “I always want to make sure that we are listening to the people and we are taking their advice on board but obviously we are always going to have some passionate people who think very strongly on what a certain position should be but as elected members we take that information . . . and try to make the best decisions for Bunbury.” Mr Miguel said the City would look into costings, exact location along the Koombana Bay precinct and other factors of the new centre over a two-year trial period, while also “exploring opportunities” to revitalise the old railway station. The visitor centre had been operating from the City administration building for the past year, until a new location was found.