Push for trans­parency

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

CAM­BRIDGE Mayor Keri Shan­non will put for­ward a mo­tion to es­tab­lish an on­line gift and travel reg­is­ter at the Town’s next coun­cil meet­ing.

Ms Shan­non said greater coun­cil trans­parency was part of her com­mit­ment dur­ing the re­cent lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tion.

“…I will be putting mo­tions to the next coun­cil meet­ing deal­ing with trans­parency, in­clud­ing an on­line gift and travel reg­is­ter and dis­clo­sures re­lat­ing to de­vel­oper con­tact,” she said.

The City of Perth Act was re­cently amended so all coun­cil­lors must dis­close gifts and travel on­line within 10 days from July 1 next year. The Act is now await­ing Leg­isla­tive Coun­cil ap­proval.

Su­bi­aco Mayor Heather Hen­der­son said the Act was “quite a funny place” to put the gift and travel reg­is­ter amend­ment.

“The Act re­lates to the City of Su­bi­aco and the City of Perth, but the gift dis­clo­sure re­lates to all of lo­cal gov­ern­ment,” Mrs Hen­der­son said.

“En­shrin­ing it in the leg­is­la­tion of the cap­i­tal city Bill is, in fact, quite in­ter­est­ing.”

Mrs Hen­der­son said it would be a sim­ple process to pub­lish the City’s gift and travel reg­is­ter on­line.

“Ev­ery coun­cil has their gift reg­is­ter, ev­ery­one fills it out; ac­ces­si­bil­ity was the only is­sue,” she said.

“But it won’t be done sooner rather than later be­cause the City of Perth Act will not be fin­ished un­til some time next year.”

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