Scaffidi trips prompt move on drinks, food

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

THE scan­dal over City of Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi’s un­de­clared over­seas trips has prompted manda­tory dec­la­ra­tion of drinks and food given to Pep­per­mint Grove coun­cil­lors each month.

“This is now an agenda item be­cause there’s been quite a bit of dis­cus­sion about gifts and hos­pi­tal­ity re­cently,” Pep­per­mint Grove pres­i­dent Rachel Thomas said at last week’s meet­ing.

Cr Char­lie Hohnen said he had been to a Royal Fresh­wa­ter Bay Yacht Club func­tion, Mrs Thomas went to a Royal Agri­cul­tural So­ci­ety cock­tail party at the end of the Perth Royal Show and chief ex­ec­u­tive John Mer­rick said he had been to a func­tion hosted by the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment In­sur­ance Ser­vice.

All coun­cil­lors agreed their sub­mis­sion to the WA Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment As­so­ci­a­tion about train­ing for coun­cil­lors would sup­port an in­duc­tion pro­gram for new coun­cil­lors, and that those who do not com­plete the train­ing within four months would have their pay and en­ti­tle­ments with­drawn.

Coun­cil will also pro­pose to WALGA that it con­sider non-manda­tory train­ing, men­tor­ing of new coun­cil­lors by their ex­pe­ri­enced coun­ter­parts and re­vi­sion train­ing for long-serv­ing coun­cil­lors.

“I went to a re­fresher this year, and I did find it use­ful,’ Mrs Thomas said.

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