Stirling counting costs of conferences

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COUNCILLOR David Boothman has travelled to Canada to help Stirling “continue to be an inclusive and harmonious City”.

Council approved his attendance at the June 24 to 28 International Metropolis Conference on “migration, integration and diversity” in Ottawa at a cost of $7786.

The costs comprised a $1269 registration fee, $2510 for accommodation for seven nights and $4006 on return economy airfares.

Four other councillors have travelled to conferences so far this year, with Cr Elizabeth Re claiming $5680 and mayor Mark Irwin claiming $4697 for three separate Australian events each.

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Cr Giovanni Italiano attended a three-day congress in Queensland for $3904 in May and in March, Cr Re travelled to Melbourne for a two-day conference at a cost of $1141 for airfares and accommodation.

A week later, Cr Adam Spagnolo attended a three-day summit costing $4317 for flights and accommodation, and $1995 for registration.

Councillors are allocated $18,100 and the mayor $36,300 over two years for attending conferences and training under the City’s policy.

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City governance manager Jamie Blanchard said Cr Spagnolo’s cost of return flights was $617 and the remaining $3700 covered five nights accommodation at Crown Melbourne, where the summit was held.

“The City of Stirling encourages its councillors to undertake professional development as it not only delivers benefits to the individual, but their profession and the community,” he said.