Mayor candidate ‘grandstanding’

A CITY of Perth councillor accused mayoral candidate Reece Harley of “political grandstanding” at a council meeting last week.

Cr Harley, a board member on the crowd-funded Museum of Perth, asked if he was the subject of a “witch hunt” after Cr Jim Adamos raised a possible conflict of interest.

Cr Adamos said he could not understand why Cr Harley could be present for the decision on matched business grants, which included a $20,000 grant for Museum of Perth cafe Henry Saw.

The Planning Committee deemed the grant ineligible and council declined the application.

Chief executive Gary Stephenson said because the Museum of Perth was not-for-profit, Cr Harley was exempt from a conflict of interest.

“I’ve received questioning from councillors around the table that is factually incorrect,” Cr Harley said.

Cr James Limnios said Cr Harley was grandstanding by accusing councillors of a witch hunt.