End to saga as may­oral Mercedes sold at auc­tion

Stirling Times - - News -

A MERCEDES driven by for­mer Stir­ling mayor Gio­vanni Ital­iano has been sold at auc­tion.

The City sold the car, which was bought for $65,000 in 2015 for may­oral use, af­ter in­cum­bent mayor Mark Ir­win chose to use his per­sonal ve­hi­cle in­stead.

Cr Ir­win made the de­ci­sion fol­low­ing his elec­tion in Oc­to­ber, telling the Stir­ling Times at the time he hoped it would “clear the air” re­gard­ing the pur­chase, which had been a source of crit­i­cism of the City. The City de­clined to re­spond to ques­tions about the sale price of the car.

An­other $65,000 Mercedes was bought for chief ex­ec­u­tive Stu­art Jar­dine in 2015.

A City spokes­woman said it was in the process of re­plac­ing this as part of his con­tract.

“The new ve­hi­cle will be pur­chased in Feb­ru­ary 2018 in ac­cor­dance with the City’s fleet man­age­ment prac­tice,” she said.

The City’s de­ci­sion to pur­chase the two Mercedes was crit­i­cised at the time, with for­mer pre­mier Colin Bar­nett and for­mer lo­cal gov­ern­ment min­is­ter Tony Simp­son be­liev­ing it was not ap­pro­pri­ate trans­port for coun­cil of­fi­cials.

Ac­cord­ing to the City, the ve­hi­cles had been cho­sen be­cause they had less fuel emis­sions and con­sump­tion and bet­ter re­sale val­ues than pre­vi­ous cars.

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