Noranda: Cities of Bayswater and Swan wrangle over costs for transfer of suburb

Bayswater Mayor  Barry McKenna with local residents L-R Doug McLennan, Viv Goves, Rob davey and Helene Kayes. After 20 years of campaiging, the suburb of Noranda is now part of the City of Bayswater
Bayswater Mayor Barry McKenna with local residents L-R Doug McLennan, Viv Goves, Rob davey and Helene Kayes. After 20 years of campaiging, the suburb of Noranda is now part of the City of Bayswater

THE City of Bayswater Council has called on the City of Swan to pay half the legal costs involved in the transfer of Noranda’s rates debt.

Noranda was relocated into the City of Bayswater on July 1 this year, after a 25-year push driven by the Noranda Action Group.

Bayswater Council was asked to consider paying Swan $51,241.40 for rates debt to be transferred from the City of Swan to the City of Bayswater.

Councillor Chris Cornish said Bayswater should not pay for all legal costs, but rather halve them with Swan.

Cr Brent Fleeton queried what would happen if Swan did not agree to the condition and acting chief executive Carissa Bywater said the matter would come back before council.

Council moved to pay off the $51,241.40 rates debt and share costs of legal fees.