Scaffidi survives controversy: wins third term as City of Perth Lord Mayor

LISA Scaffidi won a third term as City of Perth Lord Mayor after securing 54.76 per cent of the votes over 28-year-old councillor Reece Harley.

Ms Scaffidi said in a statement that she was “humbled” to be re-elected.

“The vote follows a tough campaign, which focused on errors I have made,” Ms Scaffidi said.

“I accept full responsibility for those errors and am determined to ensure the people of Perth have full confidence in their council.”

Only 37 per cent of the 11,384 Perth electors voted in Saturday’s mayoral election, 4.51 per cent fewer than in 2011.

Curtin University sustainability researcher Jemma Green will join the council after winning 2004 votes, while deputy mayor Rob Butler, a councillor since 2003, failed to retain his seat.

The City of Perth will swear in councillors tonight and hold a special meeting on Thursday to elect the Deputy Lord Mayor.

A week before the election, the Corruption and Crime Commission (CCC) found Ms Scaffidi made a “deliberate decision” not to disclose a US$36,826 hospitality package of flights, accommodation and tickets offered by BHP Billiton to the closing ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Ms Scaffidi said she could not comment further while Department of Local Government and Communities (DLGC) processed a review following the CCC report into her misconduct.

A DLGC spokeswoman said the department had the power to prosecute or begin disciplinary proceedings for alleged breaches of the Local Government Act.

“Following (a briefing from the CCC), the department will consider whether further action is warranted and in the public interest,” the spokeswoman said.