Town of York Western Australia.
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Received this email on the 11th June 2012

Hello to all,

Some time ago I wrote to the York paper alerting people about proposed changes to the "Local Laws" - peoples comments were 
"stop worrying, it will never happen" .

Well it has........yesterday a resident of York knocked on our back door very distressed and handed me a letter he had received from the Shire of York on Friday. The CEO always appears to send bad news letters to arrive on a Friday!

Quote from the Shire letter: (I have not included name and address)

FULL PROPERTY INSPECTION -

Council Officers intend entering your property on the 15th June, 2012 at 11.00 am to investigate complaints regarding the buildings and surrounding yard at your property.

This will involve a complete inspection of all building internally, externally and the yard surround your property.

My questions were: 
1. Were the complaints in writing? (The letter conveniently does not state this).
2. Why were copies of the complaints not provided to the resident? (names could have been blocked out) At least it would have then appeared to be open and accountable!
3. How many complaints were received?
4. How many council officers will be entering the property and what role do they have within the Shire of York?
5. Under what Act will they be using to carry out this inspection?
6. Do the York Councilors know about this action?

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The following 3 letters were printed in the "Letters to the Editor" - York & Districts Community Matters, April 2013 edition.


Dear Editor

September 2012 Shire meeting - Announcement by Presiding Member appears to have spiralled into a defamation claim against the Shire President with the York Ratepayers picking up the bill - possibly to the tune of $30,000.

Why only half the story in the Minutes?  How about recording the Announcement in its entirety in the Minutes after all it was read out at a Shire meeting.  That would be fair, considering Ratepayers now have a financial interest in this fiasco thanks to a council vote to fund the claim, 4 in favour and 1 against. Cr. Smythe voted against the motion.  It would be reasonable to conclude, those who voted in favour agreed with the content the announcement.

It is out of order for
any person in public office to refer to a Ratepayer as a simpleton and a scoffer.

Is this what York Ratepayers can expect in the future if they have the guts to stand up for their rights or dare to voice an opinion that differs from Council? 

Saying it was in the best interests of the Community is utter nonsense.

It is certainly not in the best interests of the York Community to have elected members resort to such appalling behaviour.

If this is the calibre and standard of elected members we have, then York is in far more trouble than we all realise.


Where has the Councillors decorum and dignity gone? 

name with held



Dear Editor,

The Feb. York Council meeting heard Cr. Smythe request fellow Councillors to defer the decision on extending the CEO's contract until the next meeting to give the people of York a chance to have a say on the matter.  Cr. Smythe sited the many emails received from concerned members of the community.

Cr. Pat Hooper responded to the request (very loudly), by going into a lengthy spiel about workplace agreements, employees rights , unfair dismissal laws.  Then added ....."we cannot simply sack him".  In addition, Cr. Hooper stated he had done his maths and emails received only equated to approx. 2% of the voters. 

Firstly, Cr. Hooper appears not to understand what a Contract of Employment is, secondly he clearly did not understand Cr. Smythe's request...... to simply defer the decision for a month.  Perhaps Cr. Hooper was afraid what the final % of emails would tally if the community were given a month instead of just four days to have their say.

Shire Pres. then weighed into the debate by saying 11 Councils do not even have a CEO.  This prompted a brave male with a wonderful sense of humour to respond......give them ours, we don't want him!

End of debate - vote taken. Don't you love living in a democracy!

Name with held



"Sir,

In the Perth District Court, on March 8, 2013, the town of York should have been freed to resurrect itself as a "WA Historic Tourism Icon" through a court-room closure.  It is when Katrina Watts, the woman who sadly ended York's long rein as WA's premier jazz festival location, was jailed for ten months for stealing from the York Tourist Information Centre.

Unfortunately Miss Watts' initial theft, numerous trials, eventual guilty plea and final sentencing have left a few pertinent questions unanswered - like 'who hired her and why' and 'how did she get away with it so easily?

Did the York Tourist Bureau Inc. Committee employ Miss Watts as a bookkeeper for the York Tourist Information Centre when it seems she may have had similar problems with the law prior to her appointment? Also, the Committee Chairman was a close relative of Miss Watts which could be considered to be a potential conflict -of-interest?  The Committee members of that time should now make a statement directly concerning these particular issues to put the public's mind at rest.

At least two of that Committee were senior officials from the Shire of York.  The Shire assisted in funding the activities of the York Tourist Bureau Inc. and the York Tourist Information Centre, yet claims it bears no responsibility.  The legal grounds for this denial is not an issue, it is a question of public responsibility that should be answered.

In less that two years, Ms Watts, left York's tourism coffers with a cash deficiency of $71,000. created total liabilities of $116,000 and sent the not-for-profit York Tourist Bureau Inc. to near insolvency. (These figures come from an independent audit requested by the Shire of York at that time).

The end result is that most of York's famous festivals have disappeared.  The York Gourmet Food and Wine Festival, the York Antiques and Collectors Fair have both gone to Northam and the Jazz Festival is kaput.

Whatever happens in the future, York, the historic jewel in the crown of the Avon Valley, needs a rapid tourism renaissance."


Name with held.

KT Comment/Opinion.
The Ratepayers continue to suffer under an administration that appear to have lost their sense of responsibility when it comes to watching over the communities assets ie York Tourist Bureau.

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The letter from the YORK CEO was received on the 12th April 2013, it came with the following comments.

"Sir,

In the Perth District Court, on March 8, 2013, the town of York should have been freed to resurrect itself as a "WA Historic Tourism Icon" through a court-room closure.  It is when Katrina Watts, the woman who sadly ended York's long rein as WA's premier jazz festival location, was jailed for ten months for stealing from the York Tourist Information Centre.

Unfortunately Miss Watts' initial theft, numerous trials, eventual guilty plea and final sentencing have left a few pertinent questions unanswered - like 'who hired her and why' and 'how did she get away with it so easily?

Did the York Tourist Bureau Inc. Committee employ Miss Watts as a bookkeeper for the York Tourist Information Centre when it seems she may have had similar problems with the law prior to her appointment? Also, the Committee Chairman was a close relative of Miss Watts which could be considered to be a potential conflict -of-interest?  The Committee members of that time should now make a statement directly concerning these particular issues to put the public's mind at rest.

At least two of that Committee were senior officials from the Shire of York.  The Shire assisted in funding the activities of the York Tourist Bureau Inc. and the York Tourist Information Centre, yet claims it bears no responsibility.  The legal grounds for this denial is not an issue, it is a question of public responsibility that should be answered.

In less that two years, Ms Watts, left York's tourism coffers with a cash deficiency of $71,000. created total liabilities of $116,000 and sent the not-for-profit York Tourist Bureau Inc. to near insolvency. (These figures come from an independent audit requested by the Shire of York at that time).

The end result is that most of York's famous festivals have disappeared.  The York Gourmet Food and Wine Festival, the York Antiques and Collectors Fair have both gone to Northam and the Jazz Festival is kaput.

Whatever happens in the future, York, the historic jewel in the crown of the Avon Valley, needs a rapid tourism renaissance.



Since when does  a CEO write a letter defending a convicted criminal??? "

Name with held

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KT comment/Opinion
Received this letter from a YORK ratepayer --  16th April 2013.  This is confusing, who stole the money? Who is trying to cover their tracks?
The KT received this from a YORK ratepayer on the 15th April 2013


"This little gem was released by the Shire of York today
This is in response to the defamation claim against the Shire Pres. Guess they did not like the letter in the last edition letting the people of York know the truth.

Don't you just love the last line......hypocrisy at its very best."
If you start with a cage containing six monkeys and inside the cage, hang a banana on a string from the top and then you place a set of stairs under the banana, before long a monkey will go to the stairs and climb toward the banana.
As soon as he touches the stairs, you spray all the other monkeys with cold water.
After a while another monkey makes an attempt with same result ... all the other monkeys are sprayed with cold water. Pretty soon when another monkey tries to climb the stairs, the other monkeys will try to prevent it.
Now, put the cold water away.
Remove one monkey from the cage and replace it with a new one.
The new monkey sees the banana and attempts to climb the stairs. To his shock, all of the other monkeys beat the crap out of him.
After another attempt and attack, he knows that if he tries to climb the stairs he will be assaulted.
Next, remove another of the original five monkeys, replacing it with a new one.
The newcomer goes to the stairs and is attacked. The previous newcomer takes part in the punishment...... with enthusiasm, because he is now part of the "team".
Then, replace a third original monkey with a new one, followed by the fourth, then the fifth and sixth. Every time the newest monkey takes to the stairs, he is attacked.
Now, the monkeys that are beating him up have no idea why they were not permitted to climb the stairs. Neither do they know why they are participating in the beating of the newest monkey.
Finally, having replaced all of the original monkeys, none of the remaining monkeys will have ever been sprayed with cold water.
Nevertheless, not one of the monkeys will try to climb the stairway for the banana.
Why, you ask? Because in their minds...that is the way it has always been!
This, my friends, is how Local Councils, operate... and this is why, from time to time:
ALL of the monkeys need to be REPLACED AT THE SAME TIME.
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NOTICE OF PUBLIC CENSURE

The Local Government Standards Panel (the Panel) has made a finding to the effect that on 17th September 2012 Councilor Anthony Stephen Boyle made an announcement at an Ordinary Council Meeting of the Shire of York, and in so doing (a) breached clause 8.4(2) of the Shires Standing Orders Local Law, by using offensive or objectionable expressions in reference to the Complainants; (b) breached regulation 7(1)(b) of the Local Government (Rules of Conduct) Regulations 2007 (the Regulations) by making improper use of his office as Councilor to cause detriment to the Complaints; and (c) breached regulation 9 of the Regulations in that he undertook a task that contributes to the administration of the Shire which had not been authorised by the Shire or the CEO of the Shire.
The Panel censures councilor Boyle for these breaches.

Local Government Standards Panel


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AN OPEN LETTER TO MR. TONY BOYLE, SHIRE OF YORK PRESIDENT.
Dated: - September 9, 2013.

Dear Sir,
On Tuesday August 20, 2013, a Standards Panel representing the Department of Local Government released details of a number of adverse findings delivered against you.
The Panel, which included the Lord Mayor of Perth, Ms. Lisa Scaffidi, found you guilty of using offensive and objectionable expressions against York citizens and ratepayers and by doing such a thing- making improper use of your office as a Councillor of the Shire of York.
You have now been officially punished by having a 'Notice of Public Censure' published against you on Page 4, of the Tuesday September 2, 2013 edition, The West Australian newspaper. Based on current readership figures, date of publication and page number, up to 400,000 West Australians may have read this public admonishment.
Therefore it is fair and reasonable to suggest your actions have brought the office of the Shire of York President and, thereby, the Shire of York Council into wide-spread public disrepute.
Although aware of your offences the Minister for Local Government, Tony Simpson, and his department have no authority under The Local Government Act, 1995, to request your resignation.
Such a request must come from ratepayers within your electorate, the Shire of York.
As you are a man of honour I believe you have no recourse but to resign from the Presidency and as a Councillor- effective immediately.

I now politely call on you to do so.

Yours sincerely

York Ratepayer

(Name witheld)
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