IT is “vital” the City of Bayswater implements a caretaker policy in time for the next election in late 2017, Councillor Brent Fleeton says.
Cr Fleeton will present a motion at the December meeting that a report on a proposed caretaker election period policy be presented to the council for debate and adoption no later than March 2016.
Objectives of such a policy would be to avoid making major decisions before an election – which would bind an incoming council – to prevent the use of public resources in ways seen to be advantageous to, or promoting, current councillors seeking re-|election, and to ensure staff act impartially in relation to election candidates.
Cr Fleeton said the policy, which applied to elected members and city employees, protected the institution from abuse during an election period.
“I want to give the city time to research what other jurisdictions have in place, and to give my colleagues on council time to consider all options,” he said.
“This motion, if passed, ensures that the City of Bayswater will have a well-rounded caretaker policy in place well in advance of the next election, ensuring we are fully prepared for its implementation.”
Premier Colin Barnett said there was merit in caretaker period policies and that they were practical.
“Most councils know they are in a caretaker role when the election is on, but that can be formalised,” he said.