Push for transparency
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.”