ARMADALE Mayor Henry Zelones said the City supported the motion calling for more transparency in local governments, but it was rushed and many questions were left unanswered.
�We supported the motion because the underlying intent is acceptable and mostly in place at the City of Armadale,� he said.
�But, I did express concern that some aspects of the motion were not clear.
�The motion contained reference to bar developers from contributing to election campaigns and I questioned why just developers.
�Vincent Mayor John Carey did not answer my questions, but in the end I was confident that it would be addressed when it got to WALGA, hence my support.�
Cr Zelones said there were already laws and rules in place regarding gifts and donations and he was left wondering what the City of Vincent�s concerns were.
�My take is that it was overwhelmingly rejected by rural local governments and as this motion was raised as a very late motion, many delegates would not have seen it prior to the meeting.�
Cr Zelones said he was in favour of more transparency as long as it was fair.
�I do feel the motion being put forward was a last-minute request and their argument, while sounding righteous, did lack clarity,� he said.