GM seeks advice on mileage
Mayor claims $31k
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”.