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COUNCIL GIFTS A PROBLEM FOR QUORUM

Posted in city of fremantle, councils, local government, western australia by freoview on July 25, 2016

WA Today reports that councils in WA have problems getting a quorum at Council and committee meetings because of the new gift disclosure rules by the State Government.

I believe this is very important for Fremantle as Councillors will be asked to consider events applications, sponsorships, reduction of fees, etc. and their attendance of previous events might jeopardise their ability to perform the duty and vote on these matters.

As I wrote in a previous post I believe Fremantle Council should stop accepting all complimentary tickets and pay for them instead, so that a conflict of interest no longer applies.

If the Mayor or other members open or speak at an event that should not be considered free entry and no disclosure should have to be made.

The updated gift register of the City of Fremantle shows the tickets accepted by Councillors were not expensive gifts, so why can’t COF budget for a few thousand dollars a year to accommodate members fulfilling their duty and going to events to monitor what is going on.

It is not good local government to end up with committees and ordinary council not having a quorum, so the City needs to be proactive to prevent this from happening.

Roel Loopers

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  1. Murray Slavin said, on July 25, 2016 at 5:46 pm

    I agree with you completely. I have no problem councillors attending functions, but the city should be paying

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