CLAIMS OF SUP­PORT ARE INCORRECT

Midland Reporter - - News - SUE BILICH City of Kala­munda coun­cil­lor

THE Save Kala­munda Shire Ac­tion Group (SKSAG) re­cently placed a half-page advert in all our lo­cal pa­pers stat­ing that I, along with other coun­cil­lors, voted to be­come a City. I would like to set the record straight. Af­ter the spe­cial elec­tors meet­ing, SKSAG mem­bers at­tended the coun­cil meet­ing (Fe­bru­ary 27, 2017) and wit­nessed me vot­ing ‘no’ against City sta­tus.

The re­cent advert placed by this group ques­tions my hon­esty and in­tegrity. Af­ter read­ing this ad, and in light of all the facts, I cer­tainly ques­tion theirs.

This ap­pears to be noth­ing more than a smear cam­paign tar­get­ing me and de­signed to sway vot­ers dur­ing this elec­tion pe­riod.

SKSAG also stated in their ad that coun­cil­lors John Giar­dina and Ge­off Stal­lard have ‘never voted to be­come a City’.

This is ab­so­lutely incorrect as th­ese coun­cil­lors have in­deed voted ‘yes’ to City sta­tus (March 24, 2014 and April 28, 2015).

Th­ese min­utes are avail­able on­line to view on the City of Kala­munda’s web­site.

Along with the en­tire coun­cil, I orig­i­nally sup­ported City sta­tus be­liev­ing it would be a pro­tec­tion against any pos­si­ble fu­ture takeover.

How­ever, in light of the se­ri­ous con­cerns demon­strated by the com­mu­nity, I then made the de­ci­sion to not sup­port City sta­tus and voted ‘no’.

It is my per­sonal view that City sta­tus should have been de­cided by a ref­er­en­dum.

I am acutely aware of who is be­hind this smear cam­paign.

This is not the first time I have been falsely ac­cused of do­ing some­thing. This type of poor be­hav­iour is what gives pol­i­tics a bad rep­u­ta­tion.

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