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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”.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d485234

Street Friends founder Michelle Dun­lop with Wool­worths store man­ager Ricky Spring.

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