Nerves get hold of act­ing mayor

Guardian Express - - NEWS -

CITY of Perth act­ing Lord Mayor James Limnios ad­mit­ted he was ner­vous chair­ing his first coun­cil meet­ing last week.

Last week’s or­di­nary coun­cil meet­ing was the first since Lord Mayor Lisa Scaf­fidi stepped down from her du­ties and Mr Limnios, who is deputy mayor, took the reins on Septem­ber 8.

Be­fore clos­ing the half-hour long ses­sion, Mr Limnios thanked gallery mem­bers for their pa­tience.

“This was the first meet­ing I have ever chaired on coun­cil,” he said.

“I was ner­vous at the be­gin­ning; I want to thank you for your pa­tience with me.”

Mr Limnios, who is up for elec­tion in Oc­to­ber, told the Guardian Ex­press he would work on free half-hour or hour park­ing to help strug­gling busi­nesses while act­ing Lord Mayor.

The SAT dis­qual­i­fied Ms Scaf­fidi from hold­ing of­fice for 18 months af­ter it found she breached the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Act 45 times by not declar­ing gifts and travel, to the value of more than $30,000.

But the Court of Ap­peal stayed the oper­a­tion of the or­der made by the SAT.

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