Our Ref: IM/3/2
Mr Peter Gerrand
Merredin Olympic Motel
Lot 5 Great Eastern Highway
MERREDIN WA 6415
Dear Mr Gerrand Re: Freedom of Information application
I refer to your application received on 14 November 2016 requesting information regarding
the Shire’s financial contribution or underwriting for the contract with Belgravia Leisure for
the Merredin Regional Community & Leisure Centre as discussed at Council’s July 2016
You would be aware that the matter was considered by Council Behind Closed Doors in
accordance with Section 5.23(2)(c) of the Local Government Act 1995
due to the fact that
the matter related to a contract entered into, or which might be entered into. Therefore,
legal advice was sought on what information could be provided in response to your request.
That advice concluded that the contract between the Shire and Belgravia Leisure would be
an exempt matter under Item 4 Schedule 1 of the Freedom of Information Act 1992
disclosure would reveal information about the business, commercial or financial affairs of a
person and could reasonably be expected to have an adverse effect on those affairs if
disclosed. Therefore, a copy of the contract document will not be provided to you.
The agenda item relating to the acceptance of tenders also contains exempt matter under
Item 4 (business, commercial or financial affairs of a person) and Item 6 (opinion, advice or
recommendation for the purpose of deliberative processes) of the Freedom of Information
, however as it is considered that the exempt matter can be deleted from the item,
a redacted version has been provided and is enclosed.
I also wish to advise that the questions you posed to Council during Public Question Time
at its November 2016 meeting will be addressed in the December agenda due for release on
Monday 19 December 2016.
Should you have any further queries please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Yours sincerely GREG POWELL
Chief Executive Officer
14 December 2016
CC: All Councillors
PO BOX 42, MERREDIN WA 6415 PHONE (08) 9041 1611 FAX (08) 9041 2379 EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org