Coun­cil­lor cen­sure row

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By LISA THOMAS

SUBIACO coun­cil­lor Mark Burns says he will “drag” the Lo­cal Govern­ment Stan­dards Panel to court over the use of the City of Subiaco crest on an ad­ver­tised No­tice of Pub­lic Cen­sure.

Cr Burns launched defama­tion ac­tion against the panel last week af­ter find­ing out that City chief ex­ec­u­tive Don Bur­nett was in­structed to place the crest and name of the City on top of the no­tice.

The panel or­dered a pub­lic cen­sure of Cr Burns last month over com­ments made in Au­gust last year about Wil­son Park­ing.

He said that he de­cided not to ap­peal the cen­sure but af­ter see­ing the coun­cil crest on the pub­lic no­tice, he felt it had gen­er­ated the pub­lic per­cep­tion that he was cen­sured by the City of Subiaco, and ac­tion had to be taken.

“The depart­ment’s care­less­ness has cre­ated two per­cep­tions: that I have been cen­sured by my fel­low coun­cil­lors and the City holds an in­ter­est in the wel­fare of Wil­son Park­ing,” he said.

Lo­cal Govern­ment Min­is­ter Paul Miles said it was a mat­ter for the Stan­dards Panel and he did not have any fur­ther com­ment.

Subiaco Mayor Heather Hen­der­son said the City did not cen­sure Cr Burns.

“This is a mat­ter for the Stan­dards Panel, which cen­sured Cr Burns, not the City of Subiaco,” she said.

Mr Bur­nett queried the panel about in­clud­ing the Subiaco crest on the no­tice and was told it was re­quired to be there.

He said the Stan­dards Panel de­ter­mined the cen­sure and word­ing of the cen­sure no­tice, the pa­pers it was pub­lished in, lo­ca­tion in the pa­per and size of the ad, and the City was re­quired to lodge the ad as di­rected by the Stan­dards Panel.

A Depart­ment of Lo­cal Govern­ment and Com­mu­ni­ties spokes­woman said the Lo­cal Govern­ment Stan­dards Panel did not com­ment on the lodge­ment of any com­plaints or le­gal ac­tion.

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