GM seeks ad­vice on mileage

Mayor claims $31k

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - NEWS - SIMEON THOMAS-WIL­SON

DER­WENT Val­ley gen­eral man­ager Greg Win­ton is tak­ing ad­vice on a $31,000 plus claim from Mayor Mar­tyn Evans for the dif­fer­ence be­tween mileage and the use of his coun­cil credit card.

Fol­low­ing the pub­lic re­lease of a Lo­cal Govern­ment Division in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the coun­cil — in which Cr Evans was rep­ri­manded — he re­vealed that he had re­cently put in a claim with the coun­cil’s gen­eral man­ager and ac­coun­tant for the dif­fer­en­tial be­tween his mileage claim and the use of his credit card since 2009.

Cr Evans said it was in ex­cess of $31,000.

“It’s all there on the credit card state­ment,” he said.

“There’s no hid­ing that, it’s all out there re­ally.”

Cr Evans said while us­ing his per­sonal car in his ca­pac­ity as mayor he had racked up more than 150,000km since as­sum­ing the po­si­tion in 2009.

“The gen­eral man­ager has the state­ments and the claim so it’s now en­tirely up to him.”

The use of Cr Evans’ per­sonal ve­hi­cle for coun­cil busi­ness was a key part of the re­port by Lo­cal Govern­ment Di­rec­tor Alex Tay — es­pe­cially the loan of nearly $7000 from Mr Win­ton to the mayor with­out wider ap­proval of elected mem­bers af­ter the car broke down.

The two were both rep­ri­manded for the loan.

Cr Evans said he would not stand again as mayor or a coun­cil­lor in next year’s Lo­cal Govern­ment Division fol­low­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

A Der­went Val­ley Coun­cil spokes­woman said Mr Win­ton — who is away this week — was tak­ing ad­vice on the mat­ter of the claim and it would be con­sid­ered by the coun­cil “in due course”.

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