Confusion reigns

Published: Echo Newspaper – February 15, 2018

CONFUSION hung in the air at last week’s City of Kalamunda meeting after the Mayor denied the City had made an appeal to the Supreme Court against a State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) decision. 

On December 14 the SAT supported a proposal to allow a change of residence from ‘single house’ to ‘child care’ at 59 Coolinga Road Lesmurdie for use in conjunction with facilities associated with an existing child care premises on adjacent lot 61 Coolinga Road.

During the February annual electors meeting Pachamama Early Education and Childcare director Kristen McPhail told council the City would be responsible for paying the legal fees of themselves and Pachamama as a consequence of the appeal as required under the SAT act.

“The State Administrative Tribunal did determine that our application was very reasonable and ruled in our behalf,” she said.

“The City of Kalamunda would like to appeal that to the Supreme Court and the City will pay their own legal expenses as well.”

Mayor John Giardina said it was premature to comment on the issue.

“Council has yet to determine if we will appeal because that decision has not been made yet,” he said.

“But if we do, we have good reasons to appeal.”

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