Bid for gift ban, log book,fails

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By JU­LIAN WRIGHT

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.

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