Subiaco Mayor under threat

Subiaco Mayor Penny Taylor with her dog Chloe Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au   d495250
Subiaco Mayor Penny Taylor with her dog Chloe Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d495250

THE City of Subiaco will call a special meeting of electors within the next 35 days where residents will attempt to dethrone Mayor Penny Taylor.

However, even if a motion of no confident is passed at the meeting, it has no lawful role in forcing the mayor out of her position.

Subiaco resident Peter McDonald, along with three other electors, hand delivered a 200-signature petition to the City’s administration building on Monday demanding a special electors meeting be held where a motion of no confidence in Ms Taylor would be moved.

Mr McDonald said “different stakeholder groups” had “different grievances” over Ms Taylor’s time in office.

“City of Subiaco is at a watershed moment in its history,” he said.

“There are major changes going on in terms of town planning, urban infill (LPS5), management of green spaces and reserves (Subi East development) and all of this in the context of an ongoing collapse in the vibrancy and activity in the Subiaco City centre and the key retail strips along Rokeby Road and Hay street.”

Subiaco chief executive Rochelle Lavery said that under the Local Government Act a special meeting of the electors had to be held, on a day selected by the Mayor, no more than 35 days after receipt of the request.

Mr McDonald said the meeting would give Subiaco ratepayers an opportunity to hear debate from all sides and pass judgement on whether or not they had on-going confidence in Ms Taylor at this critical time.

N Nedlands MLA Bill Marmion and Liberal Planning spokesman Mike Nahan met with Subiaco residents concerned about the impact of Local Planning Scheme 5, which was approved by Planning Minister Rita Saffioti last month, on Tuesday.

After the meeting, Mr Marmion said the minister had failed to consider transitional zoning and heritage values in the precinct.