Scaffidi trips prompt move on drinks, food
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councillors, and that those who do not complete the training within four months would have their pay and entitlements withdrawn.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.