End to saga as mayoral Mercedes sold at auction
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.