President hits back at Minister

Darren Jones, Raj Eshmald, Sue Bilich and Ian Toleman promoting Kalamunda Bike Week.
Darren Jones, Raj Eshmald, Sue Bilich and Ian Toleman promoting Kalamunda Bike Week.

At a council meeting on Monday, Ms Bilich took a swipe at Mr Day’s comments in last week’s Hills Gazette that he believed the Shire’s move to spend $80,000 on the poll to obtain merger feedback from ratepayers was ‘a waste of time and money’.

Mr Day also delivered a veiled threat to the Shire that if it continued to waste money, the State Government would be ‘less enthusiastic’ to help it financially in future.

Ms Bilich labelled Mr Day’s comments as ‘hypocritical’.

‘Mr Day said we were wasting money, but he forgot to mention that if Kalamunda Shire was forced to amalgamate, it would cost us $10 million,’ she said.

‘We have already spent $100,000 in the past three years on preparing submissions (to the State Government) on this issue, so I find Mr Day’s comments hypocritical because he didn’t seem to mind that we spent that money but he does now we want to hold a community poll.

‘Amalgamations will not be beneficial to our ratepayers’