Councillors |disclose gifts

From this month, online reporting of gifts and travel contributions is mandatory for WA local governments – a move intended to make them more transparent and accountable.

The new legislation comes after the Corruption and Crime Commission last year found Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi failed in her duties to disclose gifts and contributions to travel in her annual return.

In December, Bayswater decided to make a gift register available on the City’s website and civic centre.

The online register shows gifts received ranged from $5 to $300 and included wine, AFL tickets, dinners and chocolates.

Mayor Barry McKenna has received $741 worth of gifts since November, including a gift basket, mayoral dinner and ballet tickets.

Transpacific Cleanaway provided dinner for five City employees on December 11, which set back the waste and recycling company $360.

Employee Paul Ryder received five bottles of wine from three companies in December and January – Auscorp IT, JB HiFi and Portal IT.

City employee Siohbhan South received a $5 heart locket necklace in December.

Previously, the Local Government Act required disclosures of gifts and contributions to travel only in the receiver’s annual return.

At a meeting this month, Bayswater councillors also moved to place interstate and overseas travel costs on the City website.