Delle Donne refutes report recommendations

‘I dispute many of the 91 findings in that report and am currently seeking legal advice in relation to those findings,’ he said in a statement.

Mr Delle Donne said he would be seeking a meeting with Mr Simpson to outline the reasons to reject that recommendation by barrister Christopher Kendal.

‘I note that the report vindicates the position of suspended members that there were a number of failings by the administration and Mark Dacombe as the former chief executive of the council that caused or contributed to a failure to provide for the good government of the residents of the City of Canning,’ he said.

‘I continue to believe that it is in the best interests of the ratepayers of the City of Canning for the City to be governed by its elected members.

‘As a councillor and a mayor over 40 years, I have overseen a council that continued to make good planning decisions, provided opportunities for growth while preserving our great way of life for the future at modest rates increases of CPI delivering services of increased quality.’

The City of Canning and councillors had 35 days to respond to the report from when it was released last Tuesday, after which Mr Simpson is expected to make a decision on whether to dismiss council.

A separate statement issued by lawyers for councillors Bev Olsen and Megan O’Donnell said both intended to make submissions to Mr Simpson urging him not to dismiss council as it ‘would be contrary to the interests of the good governance of the ratepayers of the City of Canning’.

‘We still have at least one year of our term in council to run and fear that sacking the council will leave the City without elected members to represent community interests, particularly in relation to the State Government’s local government amalgamation process,’ the statement said.

When contacted by the Canning Times, Mr Dacombe declined to comment.