Clare­mont joins reg­is­ter move

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By CAITLIN TILLER

CLARE­MONT Coun­cil is the lat­est lo­cal gov­ern­ment to bring in trans­parency mea­sures af­ter coun­cil­lors agreed to post an on­line gift reg­is­ter.

Mayor Jock Barker put for­ward a no­tice of mo­tion to im­me­di­ately es­tab­lish an on­line gift and travel reg­is­ter ahead of a De­cem­ber 15 meet­ing.

Mr Barker said he wanted Clare­mont to show lead­er­ship by im­me­di­ately im­ple­ment­ing the gift reg­is­ter de­spite a pos­si­ble move by the State Gov­ern­ment to en­force the reg­is­ters from July 1, 2016.

“The State Gov­ern­ment in its re­ac­tion to short­com­ings of the Lord Mayor and oth­ers at City of Perth has taken the pre­dictable ap­proach of tar­ring all elected mem­bers with the same brush,” he said.

“I am not sur­prised by this, just dis­ap­pointed at how bor­ingly pre­dictable it is.

“In a way it is fit­ting that the City of Perth Act is amended be­cause it is Perth’s be­hav­iours that brought the is­sue to light.”

Cr Jill Goetze moved the item, sec­onded by Cr Peter Ed­wards.

“It’s a very wise move that we come up to date with tech­nol­ogy, al­though the reg­is­ter does ex­ist in writ­ten form,” Cr Ed­wards said.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Stephen Goode said there had been three en­tries of gifts by two coun­cil­lors since 2011.

“The change about declar­ing travel con­tri­bu­tions is a sig­nif­i­cant change, that is, they will now be re­quired to be de­clared within 10 days of be­ing ac­cepted,” he said.

“The pro­posal to cre­ate an on­line reg­is­ter is not con­sid­ered a ma­jor re­source is­sue and can be ar­ranged rel­a­tively quickly.”

Mr Goode said coun­cil­lors who ac­cepted gifts would be re­quired to alert the chief ex­ec­u­tive.

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