No further action to be taken against four City of Kalamunda councillors who failed to disclose financial interest before voting on issue

Former City of Kalamunda mayor Andrew Waddell was among the four councillors cleared. Picture: David Baylis d471038
Former City of Kalamunda mayor Andrew Waddell was among the four councillors cleared. Picture: David Baylis d471038

THE Department of Local Government is not taking any further action against four City of Kalamunda councillors who failed to disclose financial interests when voting on an amendment to allow higher-density housing on blocks in parts of Forrestfield, Kalamunda, High Wycombe and Maida Vale.

The City received official advice from the Department of Local Government that it has finalised its investigation and has closed the matter.

Mayor John Giardina welcomed the announcement.

“I am pleased this matter is finally behind us and the councillors and the City can move forward in a constructive manner,” he said.

The department’s advice to the City was that it had considered the interests of each councillor and the circumstances and was not taking any further action.

The Department was investigating former mayor Andrew Waddell, deputy mayor Dylan O’Connor, Tracy Destree and Allan Morton’s conduct while voting on the dual density code policy, known as Amendment 82.

It was alleged the four councillors breached the Local Government Act by failing to disclose financial interests, including owning property within the affected area, when voting to adopt Amendment 82.

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