Free food for Friends
STREET Friends volunteers have received a financial reprieve after Woolworths St Georges Terrace stepped in to help provide food to feed up to 200 homeless people in Perth every Thursday night. Previously, volunteers often provided the food themselves.
THE State Government is seeking legal advice to appeal the State Administrative Tribunal’s July 22 decision to suspend City of Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi for seven months.
Earlier this year, the Tribunal found Ms Scaffidi had breached the Local Government Act 45 times, which led to an 18-month disqualification, and Ms Scaffidi appealed.
The Court of Appeals in November reversed the ruling on 26 breaches of the Act, but Ms Scaffidi did not appeal the remaining 19.
Premier Mark McGowan said legal advice was being sought.
“We’ll get some legal advice in relation to the revised penalty and what it means but I think the City of Perth has moved on and needs to move on,” he said.
Despite criticising Ms Scaffidi throughout the process and suspending the entire council, Local Government Minister David Templeman would not comment on the Tribunal’s decision.
Ms Scaffidi took to Twitter to comment on the latest development in the saga.
“I am very pleased to advise that… (the Tribunal) rejected the State’s case that I should be disqualified from holding office,” she wrote.
“In rejecting the State’s case, the Tribunal upheld the submissions made….. to the effect that my breaches, while serious, were not in the upper range of seriousness.”
Ms Scaffidi said unless the Government appealed, the matter is “now at an end”.
Street Friends founder Michelle Dunlop with Woolworths store manager Ricky Spring.