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Question On Notice No. 2851 asked in the Legislative Council on 10 March 2020 by Hon Jacqui Boydell

Question Directed to the: Leader of the House representing the Minister for Local Government
Minister responding: Hon D.A. Templeman
Parliament: 40 Session: 1
Question

I refer to the recent decision of the Commissioner for the Town of Port Hedland, to reduce backdated rates payable by BHP, FMG and Roy Hill, from 100 percent to 25 percent across 4 years, and I ask:
(a) will the Minister table the dates of any conversations between the Minister and the Town of Port Hedland Commissioner, Fred Reibling, in relation to the backdating of rates;
(b) will the Minister table any correspondence received between the Minister and the Town of Port Hedland, from February 2017 to date, including employees and past or current elected representatives to do with the rates issue;
(c) will the Minister advise which stakeholders and or external agencies were consulted with in the lead up to this decision being made;
(d) was the Minister informed by the Town of Port Hedland, about the decision to seek reduced back rates, before it was revealed by the council; and
(e) if yes to (d), when?

Answered on 16 April 2020

(a)   The Minister has not met with the Town of Port Hedland Commissioner, the Hon Frederick Riebeling to discuss the backdating of rates.

 

(b)  Yes - Tabled Attachments:

 

a.     66-01709 – Correspondence between Mr David Pentz, Chief Executive Officer, Town of Port Hedland and the Minister dated 1 August 2017.

b.     66-06523 – Correspondence between Mr David Pentz Chief Executive Officer, Town of Port Hedland and the Minister dated 23 August 2018.

c.     66-11047 – Correspondence between the Hon Frederick Riebeling, Commissioner, Town of Port Hedland and the Minister dated 6 January 2020.

 

(c)   The Minister was not involved. This was a matter for the Town of Port Hedland.

 

(d)  – (e) Refer to (b) c