CITY of Perth Deputy Lord Mayor James Limnios, who has taken the duties of Lord Mayor, will push for free parking on major retail streets in the CBD in his new role.
Mr Limnios moved into the position at midnight last night after Lisa Scaffidi announced she would step back from her duties, in an agreement she made with State Solicitors Office and Department of Local Government pending the outcome of her appeals against the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT).
The SAT on Monday disqualified Ms Scaffidi from holding office for 18 months after it found she breached the Local Government Act 45 times by not declaring gifts and travel, to the value of more than $30,000.
But the Court of Appeal stayed the operation of the order made by the SAT.
Ms Scaffidi said in a statement on Twitter she stepped back to “put the interests of the city of Perth before my own” while her expedited appeals were addressed.
Ms Scaffidi will continue to receive her monetary allowance.
Speaking to Guardian Express in his first day as Lord Mayor, Mr Limnios said it was spent meeting with the City’s top level staff and stakeholders to make sure things “ran smoothly”.
He confirmed he would work on free half hour or hour parking to help struggling businesses.
A similar motion put forward by councillor Reece Harley was recently voted by a majority, including Ms Scaffidi.
“One thing I want to do and hope to get over the line is free initial parking on main retail streets,” he said.
“Businesses are struggling; why would people pay $5 in parking to buy a $2 pair of socks?
“We need to support businesses so they can grown and flourish.”
Mr Limnios reflected on the eventful week leading up to him stepping into the new role.
“It has been interesting to say the least,” he said.
“From now until October 21, all I can do is manage this ship and create harmony and respect for the people that have been forgotten for the last two years which are residents ratepayers and stakeholders.”