Omission disappointed former mayor
I WISH to correct the information in the article in the March 31 edition headlined “Mayoral chains linked over four decades”.
The photograph of our present Mayor, Heather Henderson, with the description of “Subiaco Mayor ... flanked by her predecessors Tony Costa and Richard Diggins” is providing the community with inaccurate information.
I served as Mayor of Subiaco from 1989 to 1994 and it was during this period that April 10 was established as a day for a Citizenship Ceremony and a time to honour and award all the volunteers who gave their time so readily to Subiaco.
April 10 is the date on which Subiaco was founded in 1896.
In addition, where your article quotes Mayor Henderson as saying that “They were involved in... setting up our sister-city relationship in Italy” is not accurate.
Certainly Richard Diggins, who was Mayor prior to myself, supported this initiative, but the formal signing of this sister-city relationship was carried out by myself and the City chief executive at the time, Jim McGeogh.
We also formally signed a friendship agreement with Aix-En-Provence in France.
Neither of these international relationships was “set up” by the people featured in your article.
I devoted nine years to the City and in addition to signing the sistercity relationship there were many other strong initiatives, such as the continuation of the undergrounding power program, the redevelopment of Subiaco Oval and the biggest project of all, the Subiaco Centro redevelopment.
I am therefore naturally disappointed at being omitted from this article and would be pleased to assist with any future articles that look at the development of Subiaco to where it is today. Helen Passmore,
Subiaco. Editor’s note: The City of Subiaco provided information for the article and last week it confirmed it had failed to include Helen Passmore, but would not comment further.