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​​​Welcome to the Website​ for the Inquiry Into the City of Perth

The Inquiry Into the City of Perth was announced on 24 April 2018 by the Minister for Local Government David Templeman under section 8.16 of the Local Government Act 1995. Mr Tony Power was appointed to conduct the Inquiry and will investigate and report on the operations and affairs of the City of Perth. The Inquiry will have the powers of a Royal Commission and will discharge its role independently and objectively.

The Inquiry Panel is now seeking submissions. View the media statement or make a submission online.

Inquiry Practice Directions

The Inquiry Practice Directions govern the conduct of the Inquiry into the City of Perth.

Practice Directions.pdf (278 KB)

Inquiry Into City of Perth Affidavit (318 KB)

Inquiry Into City of Perth Affidavit (44 KB)

Inquiry Into City of Perth application form (399 KB)

Inquiry Into City of Perth application form (39 KB)

Media release

Inquiry Into the City of Perth Hearing media release.pdf (720 KB)

Notice of Hearing

On 24 April 2018 the Minister for Local Government, using his powers under Section 8.16 of the Local Government Act 1995, appointed an Inquiry Panel (Inquiry) to inquire into, report on, and make recommendations in relation to the City of Perth, including whether the Council should be reinstated or dismissed.

A hearing will take place on 21 November 2018 at which the Inquirer and Counsel Assisting will open the Inquiry to the public. The purpose of the opening will be to ensure that members of the public are properly informed about the nature and extent of the Inquiry, its functions, progress to date and some of its likely directions. This opening will precede, among other things, a number of private and public examinations, to be held at later dates, of various persons connected with the affairs of the City of Perth who are expected to be able to assist the Inquiry in comprehensively addressing its Terms of Reference​.

Any interested members of the public are invited and encouraged to attend this opening hearing.

Date: Wednesday 21 November 2018
Time: 10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Location: Hearing Room 3, Level 18, 111 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA 6000.

Opening submissions

Opening Submissions delivered by Counsel Assisting during the Inquiry Hearing.pdf (643 KB)

​Audio recording

Video recordings


Inquiry into the City of Perth transcript.pdf (199 KB)


About the Inq​​uiry Panel

Portait of Mr Tony Power  


The single member Panel is Mr Tony Power, a senior and experienced barrister.  Mr Power has a broad practice and has worked in many areas of the law in almost all Courts and Tribunals, the Corruption and Crime Commission, Royal Commissions and as a mediator.  He has been an acting Judge of the District Court and is an adjunct Professor at the University of Notre Dame Australia and Murdoch University.​


About Counsel Assisting

Portait of Kim Lendich  


Counsel Assisting the Panel is Kim Lendich. ​​​Ms Lendich practises as an independent barrister at Francis Burt Chambers and has over 17 years' experience as a litigator. Ms Lendich works in a wide range of practice areas and disputes and has appeared in almost all Courts. She has significant experience with regulatory and statutory issues.​