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Two councillors leave on election eve

After the May 1 Perth City Council election at least two of the presiding members will be replaced. Councillors Jim Leahy and Bill Sutton have decided not to stand for re-election. Mr Sutton has been a Perth city councillor since the council was reformed in 1995. Mr Leahy was first elected to the old Perth City Council in 1975. Since then he has served on council for all but one year — a term stretching for some 23 years — including as Deputy Lord Mayor.



COUNCIL director of strategic planning John Ravlic and public relations officer Carolyn Bacher have also officiated at their last council meeting. Mr Ravlic is returning to Melbourne to work as a consultant. Mrs Bacher is moving to Sydney.

FAST Eddy’s facade facelift has been approved by council. The eatery wants to extend its existing outdoor dining area by about 10 square metres.



AN APPLICATION to put an Auto Masters service centre into 128 Adelaide Terrace has been refused by council. But the door is being left open for the proposal to be reconsidered at a later date. Councillor Jim Leahy moved to advertise the proposal to find if there was any objection to it going ahead.



GARRY Dunne will be acting council CEO from May 13 to May 19. CEO Garry Hunt will be attending a conference in the US in his capacity as international vice president of the International City and County Management Association and will also attend the Institute of Municipal Management Congress in Canberra on his way back to Perth. The trip is at no cost to council.



THE two heritage cottages at 51-53 Goderich Street are to be restored and two three-storey houses are to be built behind them. The two cottages have been allowed to deteriorate over many years. However, some councillors are still concerned the developer will just build the three-storey houses and ignore the cottages.

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