Town leads on disclosure

The new legislation came into affect on March 4, which Local Government Minister Tony Simpson said was another step forward for transparency and accountability.

Elected members and senior staff are now required to disclose gifts and travel contributions within 10 days and put them on the council’s website.

Bassendean councillors resolved last August to create a register for employees and elected members accessible to ratepayers on its website.

Since it was implemented, more than $500 worth of gifts have been registered, including tickets to the circus to the value of $140 for Gabriella Filippi and tickets to an AFL game for $80 in value gifted to Ken Lapham.

Mayor John Gangell has declared $70 worth of gifts and chief executive Bob Jarvis has declared $45 worth.

Eight gifts have been registered since from August 2015 until January 1 with none since. No travel has been declared.