New Local Government Reforms To Improve Council Effectiveness

Local government councillors will face harsher rules when accepting gifts as part of a suite of reforms that will be implemented to improve the effectiveness of councils. The changes have been given the green light following a four-month consultation period as part of the first review of the Local Government Act in more than 20…

Scaffidi Suspended For Seven Months Over Travel & Gifts Saga

Mayor Lisa Scaffidi has expressed relief over a State Administrative Tribunal decision to uphold her suspension over a long-running travel and gifts saga, a decision that could result in her returning to office next year. In a statement, the embattled City of Perth Lord Mayor said she was glad that the tribunal chose not to…

Shalom House’s Fight Against Recommendations To Relocate

Shalom House rehabilitation centre is at the mercy of the City of Swan Council’s recommendations. Recent disputes between Shalom House and the City of Swan, have been referred to the State Administrative Tribunal and Supreme Courts, with the fight still continuing. Recommendations given by the City of Swan want Shalom House to relocate within 12…

WA Government Introduces Laws to Suspend, Sack Individual Councillors

The WA Government has introduced legislation today that will give the Minister for Local Government the power to suspend or dismiss an individual councillor. The Local Government Amendment (Suspension and Dismissal) Bill 2018 aims to ensure greater accountability from elected members, focusing on their ability to perform their duties as well as the local government’s…

Plumber Suspended for Disciplinary Breaches

A plumber has been suspended by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) following disciplinary action by the Plumbers Licencing Board (PLB). Canning Vale plumber Nicholas Mason has been suspended for three months following disciplinary matters in relation to plumbing work at a Thornlie property. Mr Mason failed to inform the Plumbers Licencing Board he intended to…

WA Premier Calls For Perth Lord Mayor to Resign

There are calls for Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi to resign, after a tribunal found her to be in breach of the Local Government Act today. Cr Scaffidi said in a statement she did not act dishonestly, despite a State Administrative Tribunal finding she has committed 45 serious breaches of the Act by not disclosing…