Hill ready for chal­lenges

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

SUBIACO’S new act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive Ian Hill says he is ready for the chal­lenge of jug­gling a Supreme Court ap­peal, Cam­bridge merger and up­com­ing ini­tia­tives such as Mar­kets on Rokeby.

“There are cer­tainly a few balls in the air si­mul­ta­ne­ously at this time,” the for­mer City of Man­durah com­mu­nity and eco­nomic devel­op­ment direc­tor said.

“On the one hand, we have the legal chal­lenge with pos­si­ble de­riv­a­tives and ex­ten­sions of that depend­ing on whether it is suc­cess­ful, and on the other hand, we are pro­gress­ing as quickly as we can with the po­ten­tial merger with the Town of Cam­bridge into what they’re call­ing the new Subiaco.

“Th­ese are two quite di­a­met­ri­cally op­posed paths, but nev­er­the­less we are run­ning them con­cur­rently for fairly ob­vi­ous rea­sons.”

Mr Hill took over from re­tir­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive Stephen Tin­dale on Jan­uary 29.

Last Wed­nes­day, he said he had al­ready spo­ken with coun­cil’s lawyer Chris Shana­han and Cottes­loe lawyer John Ham­mond re­gard­ing the City’s ap­peal of the State Gov­ern­ment merg- er process.

“I will also be go­ing along to the next Lo­cal Im­ple­men­ta­tion Com­mit­tee meet­ing with Cam­bridge on Fe­bru­ary 5; the agenda is be­ing pre­pared as we speak,” he said.

De­spite sign­ing on for a five-month con­tract to June 30, Mr Hill said the short time­frame was not a con­cern.

“This role is ab­so­lutely unique from that per­spec­tive,” he said.

New Subiaco act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive Ian Hill says he’s ready to jug­gle a a few balls.

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