City of Perth pushes on with $500k audit


The controversy-plagued City of Perth is pushing ahead with a $500,000 independent audit of its entire operation as the new Labor state government investigates whether it can sack the council.

The majority of councillors agreed in October to engage Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu for the capability and compliance assessment, and on Tuesday they unanimously endorsed the broad terms of reference.

Newly sworn-in Premier Mark McGowan has vowed to sack the entire council if the Local Government Act allows it, saying his party has a dim view of its propriety.

Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi recently admitted to the State Administrative Tribunal she breached the act five times by not disclosing travel and accommodation gifts, including a $16,000 package from BHP Billiton for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.