PERTH Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi has indicated she may soon resume her duties as it appears likely she will face a hearing early next year to determine a revised penalty over her failure to disclose travel and accommodation.
After the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) found Ms Scaffidi seriously breached the Local Government Act 45 times by not disclosing third party-funded travel and accommodation, she was disqualified from office for 18 months.
She temporarily stood down from her duties on September 7, when the disqualification was to take effect, and last week the WA Court of Appeal overturned 26 of the adverse findings.
A differently constituted SAT will now determine a new penalty for 19 of the breaches that she did not appeal against.
At a directions hearing on Wednesday, the tribunal was told it was “very unlikely” the parties would be able to reach an agreement through mediation.
It means there is now likely to be a two-day hearing in late January or early February, after which the tribunal will have up to three months to make its decision.
Ms Scaffidi said in a statement that she was disappointed and surprised at the refusal of the department of local government to mediate.
She noted the tribunal commented that the parties could still negotiate between themselves.
“I have instructed my solicitors to engage in such negotiations with a view to bring finality to the matter as soon as possible. Yet, of course, I cannot compel the CEO to engage,” Ms Scaffidi said.
“If the matter cannot be resolved in that way, then I will have done everything within my power to bring this matter to finality as soon as possible and, accordingly, will resume my duties as lord mayor.”
The state government has continued to push for Ms Scaffidi, who has admitted to five breaches, to resign over the long-running saga.