Re­form may be off but legal ap­peal con­tin­ues: Mayor

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

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.

Pic­ture: Matt Jelonek www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d433741

Subiaco Mayor Heather Hen­der­son.

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