City leaders suspended
The Perth City Council is being suspended and its responsibilities handed over to a Government-appointed commissioner.
A prolonged period of turmoil has led the WA Government to suspend the council, and raises the prospect of the entire leadership being sacked.
Local Government Minister David Templeman will soon confirm the exact method he will use to suspend the council.
“It is now untenable for the council to continue,” Mr Templeman said.
“They have not acted in the best interests of the ratepayers of Perth and a line needs to be drawn in the sand now.
“Therefore I have informed them that it is my intention to suspend that council.”
The suspension will be followed by the commissioning of a government-appointed panel with the powers of a Royal Commission to conduct an inquiry into the Council.
It is possible that the panel will call for the Council to be dismissed entirely.
The city governance has been wracked by bitter division and infighting, with factions formed behind embattled Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi and those who oppose her.
In separate reports this week, City of Perth's most senior staff are revealed to has documented concerns about their “unsafe workplace”, and called for the council to be replaced.
A 2017 letter from City Director Annaliese Battista to Chief Executive Martin Mileham, uncovered by the ABC claims the council has suffered under “sustained and persistent poor conduct”.