Well you could take 2 basic meaning for this?
- Junket is light and refreshing custard made with milk, rennet, sugar and vanilla, or even flavoured milk?
- n: a conference, retreat or otherwise third-party (read: company, government, etc.) subsidized event for which an individual personally pays little to nothing, but reaps benefits.
So what was today’s junket well let’s say it doesn’t involve rennet or milk.
It involved council voting on C1502-6 Application to join study tour of European liveable cities with local government planning association-Mayor Brad Pettitt.
So due to procedure as the mayor was the item of discussion he left the chambers, it was then open for discussion and some clarification.
Basically or summing up the facts the mayor has $1586 left in conference study account, but to doesn’t want to use this as it seems he has other uses for it planned for later in the year. It costs $7080 to go, he’s offering to pay 50% so the city needs to cough up the rest.
Bill Massie voted against and called it what it is a Junket, he raised several good points, i.e. how does the rate payer benefit, what is the deliverable, outcome? Just last year the Mayor flew to Japan to check out some incinerators for burning rubbish. (Not very green all those flights and/or burning rubbish). The only real question is what did the city (ratepayers) get out of it what did we learn that justified the expense, well we had a meeting shortly after his Japanese junket but have not seen/nor heard much since, so how did the Rate Payer benefit whats is the measurably benefit, we didn’t even get any sushi or sake?
So considering some guys already written a book on the subject, what would the city get out of this junket that we couldn’t get from the book or the internet?, Doctors can give prognosis online, we can explore wrecks in the deepest oceans, do scientific experiments on mars, but our Mayor has to fly around the world, to check out bikes paths, parks and where the office is in relation to home and the shop. Our leaders tell us of the great benefits of the NBN will bring us, bringing the world to our homes, offshores offices etc, well it can’t be true as everytime a pollie wants to learn something its all Jumbos, hotel suites and junket ahoy?
Forget the Perth and Fremantle Geographically, demographically, culturally, layout, infrastructure, population mass, density wise etc., are nothing like most European cities. I still love the comparisons between Fremantle and Vancouver, comparing issues like PT, rail use, the mass population differences not mentioned, just the lovely ideologies, Vancouver has Seattle just south, Perth has Bunbury, no real difference at all there?
Perhaps if its gardens or Parks I can recommend Genève or Lausanne, check out their policy on concreting parks and implement that in Freo. Or maybe go to Positano and see what we can learn about cycling as its very popular there, much more so than here in Freo no dedicated bike lanes there, well there is a decimated lane and it’s for everything, with wheels and feet and generally your lucky if it has a lane each way?
I think while a couple of councillors where shocked that Councillor Massie called it a Junket but it’s pretty close. But what I find really amazing is in all the chatter and even the written document is that it does not say what the COF hopes funding this Junket will delivery to the ratepayers in benefits? Where is our upside?
Even more notable is the this little quote, cut and paste from the agenda, Pg. 121 of the 25/02/2015 Ordinary meeting of council
“BACKGROUND Elected members are provided with an annual study/conference allowance of $2,000 to attend training and development opportunities. The CEO has delegated authority to approve attendance for elected members where it is relevant to local government matters, but that authority does not extend to international trips. The LGPA have invited the Mayor to join the tour as a vacancy on the tour has recently arisen and the Mayor has expressed a strong interest in joining the tour.”
So I wonder if the rules gave delegated Authority when or if we would we have heard of this?
I have put in a link to the minutes above should anyone want to read them and the book was by Professor Peter Hall’s recent book titled Good Cities, Better Lives1 , identified the places in mainland Europe that had become celebrated as examples of “best practice” – the best places in Europe to live and work in. I wonder if our libarary has it? I’ll check tomorrow!
Remember if you are in Bordeaux and ordering the foie gras by now the 75 d’Yquem is drinking superbly.