Perth Deputy Lord Mayor Limnios admits to nerves before chairing first meeting

James Limnios.
James Limnios.

CITY of Perth Deputy Lord Mayor James Limnios, who has taken the duties of Lord Mayor, admitted he was nervous chairing his first council meeting.

Last week’s ordinary council meeting was the first since Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi stepped down from her duties and Mr Limnios, who is deputy mayor, took the reins on September 8.

Before closing the half hour-long meeting, Mr Limnios thanked gallery members for their patience.

“This was the first meeting I have ever chaired on council,” he said.

“I was nervous at the beginning; I want to thank you for your patience with me.”

Mr Limnios, who is up for election in October, told the Guardian Express he would work on free half hour or hour parking to help struggling businesses while acting Lord Mayor.

The SAT this month 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.

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