Su­bi­aco talks tough on out­stand­ing debt

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion - By GIO­VANNI TORRE

SU­BI­ACO Coun­cil has is­sued an ul­ti­ma­tum to the City of Perth, call­ing on it to pay an out­stand­ing debt of $500,000 or the mat­ter will be taken to the Lo­cal Govern­ment Min­is­ter.

Su­bi­aco coun­cil­lors voted unan­i­mously on Tues­day night to give Perth a June 30 dead­line for set­tling the debt.

Coun­cil­lors voted 10-1 to not dis­cuss the Bruce Fam­ily Trust Land with the City of Perth un­til the out­stand­ing debt was paid.

Cr Mark Burns said he took is­sue with the City of Perth de­scrib­ing the money as an “ex gra­tia” pay­ment.

“That sug­gests it is a gift – it is a debt,” he said.

Su­bi­aco staff had rec­om­mended the coun­cil agree to the de­vel­op­ment of a joint trust doc­u­ment with the City of Perth for the Bruce Fam­ily Trust land to en­sure the lots were held in per­pe­tu­ity for pub­lic use, in line with the ex­ist­ing trust doc­u­ment with Su­bi­aco Coun­cil.

Cr Burns said the value of the land could be as much as $90 mil­lion.

This res­o­lu­tion was re­jected in favour of sus­pend­ing dis­cus­sion of the trust un­til the City of Perth pays its debt to Su­bi­aco, aris­ing from the City of Perth Act bound­ary changes.

City of Perth chief ex­ec­u­tive Martin Mile­ham said the City was seek­ing to work col­lab­o­ra­tively with Su­bi­aco to reach a fi­nal agree­ment about the bound­ary amend­ment process.

“This in­cludes the pro­tec­tion of the Bruce Fam­ily Trust Land for the ben­e­fit of res­i­dents and vis­i­tors, in per­pe­tu­ity, to this im­por­tant pub­lic open space,” Mr Mile­ham said.

“Ne­go­ti­a­tions about man­age­ment of the land ad­join­ing JH Abra­hams Re­serve are on­go­ing, and an agree­ment will be de­ter­mined once this mat­ter is re­solved.”

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