CEO dis­missal linked to Bill

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Quick News - By ROSANNA CAN­DLER

SU­BI­ACO Mayor Heather Hen­der­son says the dis­missal of City of Perth’s chief ex­ec­u­tive Gary Steven­son last week is one of many rea­sons that the City of Perth Bill should not con­tinue.

Lord Mayor Lisa Scaf­fidi said the coun­cil’s unan­i­mous de­ci­sion to ter­mi­nate Mr Steven­son with more than a year left in his con­tract was “not at all” based on his per­for­mance.

Mrs Hen­der­son said a bound­ary change within the Bill would force 3000 Su­bi­aco res­i­dents south of Aber­dare Road to be­come part of the City of Perth.

She said the change would cause a loss of $44 mil­lion in rev­enue for Su­bi­aco over the next 10 years, forc­ing a po­ten­tial rate in­crease on re­main­ing res­i­dents, cuts to ser­vices and staff losses.

“With the de­par­ture of the City of Perth’s chief ex­ec­u­tive and the tur­moil the or­gan­i­sa­tion has seen over the last 12 months, I would sug­gest that with such on­go­ing in­sta­bil­ity and tran­si­tion, now is not the right time to take on 3000 new res­i­dents,” Mrs Hen­der­son said.

“We are com­mit­ted to keep­ing Su­bi­aco whole.

“First and fore­most, we are con­cerned about our res­i­dents, many of whom have in­di­cated their de­sire to re­main part of the City of Su­bi­aco.”

The City of Perth Bill is cur­rently sit­ting in the Up­per House.

Mrs Hen­der­son said more than 1300 rate­able prop­er­ties would trans­fer to the City of Perth if the Act came into ef­fect.

“All WA lo­cal gov­ern­ments need to be aware of the sig­nif­i­cant ram­i­fi­ca­tions of a forced bound­ary change, which un­der the cur­rent leg­is­la­tion could hap­pen to any lo­cal govern­ment in WA,” she said.

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