Town of Bassendean Declarations

Town of Bassendean Declarations

TOWN of Bassendean staff and councillors have declared more than $1100 in gifts since mid-March.

The Eastern Reporter revealed on March 15 items on the Town’s gift register to that date totalled more than $500.

Tickets to various events since, including Italian Live Lounge and Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council (EMRC) Biennial Dinner, have come to $1162.

Councillor Paul Bridges made his first claims since the registry was launched earlier this year for tickets totalling more than $320.

Mayor John Gangell said there was no pattern to gift declarations.

“We are a relatively small council so we do not have the kinds of events like other municipalities, so there could be times when nothing is declared for weeks,” he said.

“Councillors may be over cautious about the registry at the moment but I don’t have a problem with that.”

He said the process was as simple as filling out a form that is approved by the chief executive Bob Jarvis, and then the registry is updated.

New legislation came into affect on March 4, but the Town’s registry predated it.

Elected members and senior staff are now required disclose gifts and travel contributions within 10 days, which is then made public on each local government’s website.

Town of Bassendean councillors resolved in August last year to implement the online registry for greater transparency.

No travel has been declared yet.

City of Bayswater staff and councillors have declared various items including a heart necklace, whiskey and ballet tickets with a price range from $5 to $300 as of March 22.

The same month, councillors agreed to place interstate and overseas travel costs on the City website.

Councillor declarations

Name: Councillor Paul Bridges

Gift: Tickets for Italian Live Lounge

Value: $70

Name: Brian Reed

Gift: LGPA breakfast forum ‘The Costs of Urban Infill’

Value: $70

Name: Councillor Paul Bridges

Gift: Tickets to EMRC biennial dinner

Value: $256

Name: Bob Jarvis

Gift: Tickets to EMRC biennial dinner

Value: $256

Name: Graeme Haggart

Gift: Tickets to EMRC biennial dinner

Value: $256

Name: Councillor Gerry Pule

Gift: Tickets to EMRC biennial dinner

Value: $256