Bid for gift ban, log book,fails
ATTEMPTS to make the Town of Cambridge chief executive and planning staff more accountable and transparent have failed.
Mayor Keri Shannon at the April 26 council meeting put forward two motions. The first was for a ban on gifts to the chief executive and planning staff from developers, architects and planners, and the second was for a public contact register between planning staff and developers, architects and planners. Both motions were lost. According to the Local Government Act 1995, gifts between $50 and $300 must be recorded in a public register, but the Town did not have its own policy on the prohibition of gifts for the CEO and staff.
The Town's online gift register is accessible to all residents on its website and dates back to 2014.
Ms Shannon said it was not appropriate that members of the staff who prepared reports and recommendations for councillors received entertainment perks from developers, architects and planning firms.
Her motion was supported by councillors Rod Bradley, Sonia Grinceri and Andres Timmermanis but they were outnumbered by councillors Louis Carr, Tracey King, Corinne MacRae, Pauline O'Connor and Jane Powell, who voted against it.
Ms Shannon said she may move a similar motion in three months with hope of more support.
Her other attempt to make planning staff more accountable was also defeated, with her motion for a record of contact by planning staff with developers, architects and planning, out-voted 5 to 4.
Her motion proposed that the CEO require planning staff to record and include in their report advice as to their contact with developers, architects and planners for multiple dwelling developments and developments in excess of $2 million.