Omis­sion dis­ap­pointed for­mer mayor

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion -

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.

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