City of Vincent councillor seeks greater transparency

City of Vincent councillor seeks greater transparency

CITY of Vincent councillor Roslyn Harley is seeking greater transparency in the way its audit committee operates.

Cr Harley will seek support from council next Tuesday for a motion to review by December the audit committee terms of reference and look at ways to improve on independence, accountability and transparency.

She has suggested publishing committee meeting agendas and minutes, holding open committee meetings and appointing external people as committee members.

“As the sector faces growing oversight from the Office of Auditor General, it is timely for the City to take the opportunity to lead the way in this space by reviewing its practices to ensure they are aligned with the City’s principles of transparency and accountability,” she said.

The City of Vincent has pushed for greater transparency for the last two years, publishing to its website gift and travel logs ahead of it being introduced into the City of Perth Act.

Mayor John Carey pushed for the move through the Western Australian Local Government Association’s AGM in August, but did not gain support.

Mr Carey in May this year publicly criticised City of Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi’s claims it led the way on local government transparency.

The attack came after the Department of Local Government released its report into Ms Scaffidi, which revealed 45 allegations of undeclared gifts and travel by the Lord Mayor.