City of Swan’s legal stoush with Shalom House to rumble on after SAT adjournment

Shalom House.
Shalom House.

THE legal stoush between the City of Swan and drug rehabilitation program Shalom House will continue after the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) adjourned the matter last Friday.

The case was sent back to SAT last month by the Supreme Court after seven months of deliberation.

The matter will be in the SAT on October 19, but a final hearing has not yet been set.

Swan chief executive Mike Foley said the next hearing would be to review and considering extra material, which was to be submitted by Shalom House.

Shalom House chief executive Peter Lyndon-James said it was frustrating that the Supreme Court had referred the matter back to SAT.

“While we were pleased with the result of the Supreme Court process, and we were initially hopeful that the City of Swan would reconsider its position in light of the Supreme Court’s decision, unfortunately that is not the case,” he said.

“We are surprised and concerned at the use of local residents’ funds by the City of Swan in taking Shalom House to the SAT and the Supreme Court, which are well in excess of $160,000, particularly as it requires us to expend time, effort and funds in arguing with the City, all of which could be properly directed to helping our residents.

“While we understand that the process needs to be followed, it is frustrating that the Supreme Court has now referred us back to the SAT, where we were two years ago, and all we have from the Supreme Court is a little more info on how both parties need to present their case at the next SAT hearing, which could be about another four months away.”

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