Clothing policy gets dressing down

CITY of Bayswater councillors will have to pay for their own clothes to wear to meetings.

Councillor Brent Fleeton’s motion to remove “costs associated with clothing work by elected members” from Policy No. EO-P04 was passed at the December 18 meeting.

Elected members are entitled to allowances including attendance fees and telecommunications and information technology.

They had the option to receive corporate wardrobe consisting of formal jacket and a casual jacket, tie or a scarf or a hat.

Cr Fleeton said councillors were paid well for their duties and did not need the ratepayers to pay for their attire.

Cr Chris Cornish spoke against the motion.

“We are remunerated almost five-fold from what councillors used to be but I am not sure what we would achieve with this policy,” he said.

“Clothes are important; a retiree or a blue collar worker might not have a suit to wear.”

He said it would have made more sense to remove the $2400 telecom allowance that members got.

The motion was passed, but Crs Alan Radford, Barry McKenna and John Rifici voted against it.