A South West anti-vax councillor has claimed there is no proof of the global COVID-19 pandemic during a failed motion to abolish vaccine mandates and have Busselton declared “pro-choice”. City of Busselton councillor Anne Ryan moved a motion at Wednesday’s council meeting attempting to get the City to demand the immediate removal of the vaccine mandates and associated restrictions in WA “due to lack of evidence that a pandemic exists”. She also attempted to have the City advise the Premier the City would be a “pro-choice community” regardless of whether COVID mandates were in place. During the council meeting Cr Ryan said there was no evidence the COVID-19 pandemic existed, the Pfizer vaccine was an experimental drug and placebos were being issued in place of the Pfizer vaccine. “It is not our role to be a pseudo health department, health is the role of the State,” she said. “For the last two years we have been acting under instructions from the Premier under a state of emergency, however little evidence exists to substantiate the mandates. “Why are we testing (for COVID-19), it’s akin to testing men for pregnancy.” When asked who she was speaking on behalf, Cr Ryan said the “whole” Busselton community, despite only about 450 people attending the City’s special electors meeting last month and the City receiving emails against the group’s motions in the fortnight since. Cr Ryan’s motion was raised as an alternative motion in the City’s meeting agenda to write to the State Government advising a group of about 450 businesses had concerns about the impacts the vaccine mandates were having in the Busselton region. The concerns came after electors forced the City to hold the State’s first special electors meeting last month on the topic, moving six separate motions requesting the City’s chief executive write to the State Government on their behalf. Among the motions put forth by electors, the City was asked to advocate for the State Government to remove volunteers from the vaccine mandate, provide clearer information of business obligations and liabilities around the mandates, conduct a survey to understand the impact of the vaccine mandates and remove all vaccine and associated mandates. Cr Ryan’s alternative motion was largely rebuked by fellow councillors, with even her seconder Cr Mikayla Love voting against her in a 1-7 vote. Each councillor who spoke against Cr Ryan agreed some of the mandates, such as mask wearing, could be frustrating however the health and safety advice from experts in the field all indicated the mandates protected the community and this was evident in the lack of deaths and hospitalisations in WA. Mayor Grant Henley said the City of Busselton council were not health experts and should rely on the information by experts and local governments were bound by State and Federal laws.