City of Perth chief executive defends cost of council house refurbishment

City of Perth Council House.
City of Perth Council House.

CITY of Perth chief executive Martin Mileham has defended spending more than $870,000 on Council House refurbishments when challenged by Councillor Reece Harley.

Councillors this week voted on paying Metrowest Construction $874,364 to reconfigure the ground floor and customer service centre, but not before Cr Harley questioned the move.

“I am not comfortable supporting this item; I think we can make do with the furniture we have so I am not convinced this is a necessary expenditure,” he said.

Mr Mileham explained the works that would be done, adding the size of the concierge desk was “inadequate”.

He said the cost was “reasonable” compared to a former, costlier plan he scrapped.

“When I started there was a plan for a $1 million per floor refurbishment which would have equalled $10 million; $800,000 compared to a multi million dollar plan which was halted by my administration, is reasonable.

“I think we have been respectful of he ratepayers’ money.”

The expenditure was passed.

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