Perth mayors and councillors took more than 150 ratepayer-funded trips last year at cost of nearly $500,000.
Source: Councils bill ratepayers for 150 trips – The West Australian
Looks like Fremantle council skates by critic on its flight even though the Mayor Brad Pettitt just returned from ✈ Europe on a trip to look at liveable cities, no serious that’s the reason,
Add to that a trip to ✈Japan to look at burning rubbish, Freo’s net gain on these expenses, you guessed it zero. Well apart from the bill for our mayors junket trips incurred, and at least for every day he’s out of the country is day’s less to damage Freo.
Last week I posted a piece called Fremantle Junket. based on the agenda from the full council meeting of Feb 2015.
In this I reported that the mayor has made a request to have 50% of his trip to funded by the COF to look at cities in Europe.
Now as Brad was the topic of discussion he quite rightly left the chambers.
Josh the deputy mayor took the chair and made an ammendment. Now I have a copy of the minutes pg 135. (at times it was quite hard to hear clearly what is being said in chambers, not to mention no copies of minutes available again) it shows where Josh has gone against the Officers recommendation and offered an ammendment to double the amount the Mayor had requested from council for funding which the officers recommended at 50%?
The voting remains the same with Bill Massie showing good governance by voting against the doubling of the mayors funded junket.
The rest of the councillors voting to double the Mayors funding for his European Junket.
Not forgetting the mayor is NOT using the remaining of his study/conference budget $1586, thats being kept for other activities in the year?
So if the mayor had as it seems requested 50% funding the officers reportidly supported this, why was it necessary for Josh to Double the mayor request and the officers ecommendation, was this in the best interest of the Fremantle Rate Payers.
I doubt Fremantle rate payers will see any benefit in this, just as we saw little out of the Junket to Japan to look at incinerators, to burn rubbish?
If these issues concern you about local government decisions you should also read this? A good article reporting on questioning good governance in local government in WA.