Mayoral car logbook questions persist
THE issue about the Town of Victoria Park Mayor’s car logbook will not go away.
Following allegations that he had falsified the logbook in 2013, Mayor Trevor Vaughan said he believed he had been cleared by an independent investigation, which was released in July.
The Southern Gazette contacted WA Police and was told it was not investigating the allegations.
However, the issue was brought up again by councillor Vince Maxwell during the September 5 elected members briefing session.
Cr Maxwell questioned a statement that Mr Vaughan made at the August council meeting, in which he stated he had been cleared by the Corruption and Crime Commission (CCC).
It was brought to the gallery’s attention that the CCC had sent information to the Major Fraud Squad and that the Town had received a call from the police and had then sent it information.
This was confirmed by Town of Victoria Park chief executive Anthony Vuleta.
Cr Maxwell then attempted to move a motion that Mr Vaughan withdraw the statement from August and apologise for “misleading” the gallery and councillors.
After some debate about the right course of action, a motion was passed that allowed the councillors to leave the council chambers and discuss the issue outside.
After 10 minutes, the councillors re-entered the chamber and the Mayor informed the gallery that the motion could not be voted on because it was a briefing sessions and not an ordinary council meeting.
The Southern Gazette understands that two motions have been put forward by Cr Maxwell for tonight’s ordinary council meeting.
One will ask for the Mayor to withdraw his statement and apologise, and the second will deal with “misleading” answers he gave to questions asked at the August 8 ordinary council meeting about his attendance at the Tamala Park Regional Council.
WA Local Government Association president Lynne Craigie said council processes according to standing orders and how they related to designated committees of council could sometimes be complex, particularly when unexpected or unusual circumstances arose.
“It is appropriate for elected members to seek clarification,” she said.