City of Bayswater: new website portal helps show residents transparency

City of Bayswater: new website portal helps show residents transparency

A GOVERNANCE portal on the City of Bayswater’s website was launched last week, a space for residents to hold the City accountable.

The portal includes a register of gifts received by staff and councillors, a travel register, delegated authority register, councillor meeting attendance register, councillors’ allowances and sitting fees and the number of employees who make more than $100,000.

Mayor Barry McKenna said the portal aimed at improving the City’s transparency and reducing red tape.

On the gift register, recent declared gifts include Avon Descent lunches, breakfasts and functions, basketball tickets, tickets to presentations, cupcakes and baby clothes.

Two books from UWA’s Australian Urban Design Research Centre were given to environment officer Jeremy Maher on August 23 after he gave a tour of Eric Singleton Bird Sanctuary.

Some councillors attended a business breakfast and dinner at Parliament House paid for by East Metropolitan MLC Amber-Jade Sanderson, who will run for the seat of Morley at the next election.

In June, Deputy Mayor Stephanie Coates accepted a $270 ticket on behalf of the Mayor to attend an annual ball to celebrate the Philippines’ 118th anniversary of the declaration of independence from colonial rule in Bedford.

There are 28 City of Bayswater employees make more than $100,000 a year.

The Mayor receives a $139,310 package including an $88,864 allowance, while the Deputy Mayor gets a $56,980 package.

Councillors get $31,364 attendance fee plus a $3,400 information technology allowance.

To look at the governance portal go to http://www.bayswater.wa.gov.au/council/governance-portal.