City of South Perth Mayor Sue Doherty defends rates of attendance to official meetings

City of South Perth Mayor Sue Doherty
City of South Perth Mayor Sue Doherty

SOUTH Perth Mayor Sue Doherty has defended the rate of attendance by councillors at official meetings, despite a full council attendance of only 42 per cent of those meetings since October.

Of the nine representatives, only two have attended all 14 ordinary and special council meetings held since the most recent local government elections.

Crs Tracie McDougall and Travis Burrows have been missing the most.

Ms Doherty said in her view councillors were meeting the expectations of the public in the duties of attending meetings and representing the council in other areas.

“Cr Burrows had attended all of the past six ordinary council meetings, while Cr McDougall had attended four of the past six
ordinary council meetings,” she said.

“Special council meetings are called on an ‘as needed’ basis at short notice and this can make it difficult for councillors to plan their attendance as they may have other commitments.

“The City conducts special council meetings because of the high number of development applications
that are ‘called in’ prior to being ultimately determined by the Central Metro Joint Development Assessment Panel.

“Cr McDougall has attended six of the past nine special council meetings, while Cr Burrows has attended three of the past nine special council meetings and in each instance they have been granted leave of absence or offered an apology in accordance with the Local Government Act 1995.”

Comparatively, six of the nine City of Belmont and Town of Victoria Park councillors have attended their eight and 11 meetings respectively in the same time period.

All councillors are paid an annual allowance in accordance with Local Government Act 1995.

HOW OFTEN ALL COUNCILLORS ARE ATTENDING MEETINGS
City of South Perth – 42%
Town of Victoria Park – 55%
City of Belmont – 62.5%