Dept mum on Town ‘con­cerns’

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By JU­LIAN WRIGHT

THE Town of Cam­bridge was be­ing mon­i­tored by the Lib­eral Gov­ern­ment’s De­part­ment of Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment and Com­mu­ni­ties since at least Fe­bru­ary af­ter “con­cerns” were raised over an undis­closed “sit­u­a­tion”.

A let­ter ad­dressed to a Town of Cam­bridge res­i­dent dated Fe­bru­ary 9 from Church­lands MLA Sean L’es­trange con­firmed con­tact from for­mer Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Min­is­ter Paul Miles that the De­part­ment was keep­ing its eye on the Town.

“I have re­cently re­ceived a re­sponse from the Min­is­ter who ad­vises that the Town is sub­ject to on­go­ing and close mon­i­tor­ing by the De­part­ment of Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment,” Mr L’es­trange wrote.

He wrote that the Min­is­ter ad­vised the work was “wide-rang­ing and nec­es­sar­ily pro­tracted to the time it takes, the ev­i­dence be­ing gath­ered and the meth­ods used”.

Be­fore the March 11 State Elec­tion, a De­part­ment spokes­woman con­firmed con­cerns had been raised about the Town but re­mained tightlipped on de­tails.

“The De­part­ment of Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment and Com­mu­ni­ties is aware of con­cerns in re­la­tion to the Town of Cam­bridge and is con­tin­u­ing to mon­i­tor the sit­u­a­tion,” she said.

When asked what the “sit­u­a­tion” was and how long it had been mon­i­tor­ing the Town, the spokes­woman de­clined to com­ment fur­ther.

Cam­bridge chief ex­ec­u­tive Ja­son Buck­ley said he was un­aware the Town was be­ing mon­i­tored.

“No for­mal ad­vice has been re­ceived from the De­part­ment of Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment in re­la­tion to mon­i­tor­ing of the Town,” he said.

“If it did oc­cur we would co-op­er­ate by pro­vid­ing any in­for­ma­tion re­quired by the De­part­ment.”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.