City of Perth in state of ‘turmoil, instability and transition’: Subiaco Mayor

City of Subiaco Mayor Heather Henderson .
City of Subiaco Mayor Heather Henderson .

SUBIACO Mayor Heather Henderson says the dismissal of City of Perth’s chief executive Gary Stevenson yesterday is one of many reasons that the City of Perth Bill should not continue.

Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi said the council’s unanimous decision to terminate Mr Stevenson with more than a year left in his contract was “not at all” based on his performance.

Mrs Henderson said a boundary change within the Bill would force 3000 Subiaco residents south of Aberdare Road to become part of the City of Perth.

She said the boundary change would cause a loss of $44 million in revenue for the City over the next 10 years; forcing a potential rate increase on remaining residents, cuts to services and staff losses.

“With the departure of the City of Perth’s chief executive yesterday and the turmoil the organisation has seen over the last 12 months, I would suggest that with such ongoing instability and transition, now is not the right time to take on 3000 new residents,” she said.

“We are committed to keeping Subiaco whole.

“First and foremost we are concerned about our residents, many of whom have indicated their desire to remain part of the City of Subiaco.”

The City of Perth Bill is currently sitting in the Upper House.

Mrs Henderson said more than 1300 rateable properties would transfer to the City of Perth if the Act came into effect.

“All WA local governments need to be aware of the significant ramifications of a forced boundary change, which under the current legislation could happen to any local government in WA,” she said.