City spending questioned

Last month, the Times reported Wanneroo MLA Paul Miles had submitted questions prior to the council�s March briefing, asking how many times the City�s planning department had been taken to the tribunal in the past year, by who and at what cost to the City.

It coincided with a report to further amend the Drovers Place precinct�s structure plan, which went before the council at its March 31 meeting.

The report said plan amendments three and four, put to council last year, were presently subject to ongoing proceedings at the tribunal.

In response to Mr Mile�s questions, the City said 13 applications for review had been lodged at the tribunal over that time and as of March 18, about $65,000 had been spent on external legal experts on applications affecting the Drovers precinct.

At the council meeting, Butler MLA John Quigley asked about spending for external representation and advice for new applications for review and continuing tribunal matters for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 financial years.

He also asked specifically about spending for tribunal proceedings involving landholdings related to Greenpark Asset and Goldrange .

Mr Quigley�s questions were taken on notice and are now being investigated by the City�s planning and sustainability director for further response, to be provided at the April 28 council meeting.