Reform may be off but legal appeal continues: Mayor
SUBIACO reform is off the cards for “at least the next decade”, but Mayor Heather Henderson says the City has not abandoned its legal appeal against the State Government.
“We are being very cautious and taking each step as it comes,” Mrs Henderson said.
“There are a number of reports our staff needs to get back to us on, which includes the legal action and where it goes to from here.
“We have not celebrated, and I will not breathe a sigh of relief until I have the signed revocation of the Governor’s orders in my hands.”
Chief executive Ian Hill said the City would take advice from its legal team to see what, if anything, needed to be done in response to Local Government Minister Tony Simpson’s assurance that local government reform was finished.
“Subiaco is not ‘back to business as usual’ because this local government reform is off,” Mr Hill said.
“I do not think local government ever has a comfort zone.
“We won’t be dropping the ball just because there has been a line drawn in relation to the former reform process. We need to work logically and methodically through issues such as our relationship with Cambridge, implications of the appeal and the City of Perth Act.”
Mrs Henderson said Mr Simpson assured her that Subiaco would “get a seat at the table” for future City of Perth Act discussions.
She said there were concerns about how including institutions such as the University of WA or residential areas in a new Perth City might change Subiaco’s and Nedlands’ borders.
Mrs Henderson said she was very confident that Subiaco would remain independent.
“Reform has made for very uncertain times for the City,” she said.
“But this is the end, it really is. I don’t think there is anything that is going to jump out of the cupboard and bite us,” she said.
Subiaco Mayor Heather Henderson.