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THE gen­eral man­agers of south­ern Tas­ma­nia’s coun­cils spent thou­sands of ratepayer dol­lars on meals, drinks, ac­com­mo­da­tion and air­fares in the last fi­nan­cial year.

As part of the Mercury and Sun­day Tas­ma­nian Your Right to Know cam­paign, coun­cils have been asked to pro­vide de­tails of their gen­eral man­ager’s salary and ex­penses they have claimed on the coun­cil pay­roll.

Brighton, Clarence, Glenorchy, Ho­bart, Huon Val­ley and King­bor­ough all pro­vided the Mercury with the salary and ex­penses of their gen­eral man­agers.

But the Der­went Val­ley Coun­cil in­structed the Mercury to lodge a Right to In­for­ma­tion re­quest to ob­tain gen­eral man­ager Greg Win­ton’s ex­penses, which the Mercury has done.

Glam­or­gan Spring Bay gen­eral man­ager David Met­calf did not re­spond to a re­quest for credit card in­for­ma­tion.

Sorell and Tas­man, which share the same gen­eral man­ager Robert Hig­gins, have not re­sponded to the Mercury’s re­quest and RTI re­quests will be who has been on leave since April, had ex­penses of $15,570 for the 2016-17 fi­nan­cial year while also be­ing paid $285,625 — in­clu­sive of su­per­an­nu­a­tion but ex­clu­sive of payable Fringe Ben­e­fit Tax.

Ho­bart City Coun­cil gen­eral man­ager Nick Heath’s tally of claimed ex­penses — he does not have a coun­cil credit card and seeks re­im­burse­ments with ac­com­pa­ny­ing re­ceipts on coun­cil pur­chases made on his per­sonal credit card — to­talled $6404.97.

Mr Heath is still the state’s high­est paid gen­eral man­ager, with a salary in the range of $340,000 to $359,999.

Clarence City Coun­cil gen­eral man­ager An­drew Paul, on a to­tal pack­age of $271,767, said he did not have a coun­cil credit card, with only a few in ex­is­tence at the coun­cil for “essen­tial pur­chas­ing”.

Huon Val­ley Coun­cil pub­lishes the ex­penses claimed on gen­eral man­ager Emilio Reale’s credit car at each coun­cil meet­ing, with the to­tal since he started in Fe­bru­ary just un­der $8000, with a new com­puter sys­tem for the coun­cil cost­ing nearly $5500.

Mr Reale had the low­est

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