May­oral car log­book ques­tions per­sist

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - FRONT PAGE - Aaron Cor­lett

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.

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