Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi says she has not stepped down

Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi.
Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi.

CITY of Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi has clarified on Twitter she has not stood down from her role.

After the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) this week disqualified Ms Scaffidi from holding office for 18 months for failing to declare 45 gifts and travel worth more than $30,000 in total, she immediately appealed.

The Court of Appeal then stayed the operation of the order made by the SAT and Ms Scaffidi, the State Solicitors Office and Department of Local Government agreed she not undertake any duties as Lord Mayor.

Ms Scaffidi tweeted last night (Sept 7) she has “not stood down from the office”, just her duties.

It was in response to Local Government Minister David Templeman’s comments that he would not refer to her as Lord Mayor and that it was “one of the most frustrating situations that I can recall”.

Ms Scaffidi wrote Mr Templeman’s comments were “both incorrect and disrespectful”.

“If the Minister is unhappy with the agreement that was reached, he should take it up with the CEO and his legal advisors rather than continuing to bleat me out,” she wrote.

Deputy Mayor James Limnios will step up to the position of Lord Mayor while the appeals are heard.

“I think it’s very important that we focus now on stabilising this capital city,” he said.

Ms Scaffidi took to Facebook this morning to thank her supporters.

“Thank you to so many, for the incredibly caring messages yesterday,” she wrote.

“Quite overwhelming actually. I had a very mixed day! There were meetings and so much interesting information always coming my way.”

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