City of Vincent councillors will no longer receive parting gifts

City of Vincent councillors will no longer receive parting gifts

RETIRING City of Vincent councillors will no longer receive parting gifts after an allowances, fees and reimbursement of expenses policy review.

Councillors voted this week to scrap the $638 gift for those who served a full term and an assistant to the Mayor and tighten travel expense claims.

Councillor Dan Loden’s suggestion of a parting gift to the value of $100 to acknowledge and recognise of services was shut down.

Instead, a councillor, whose term is up and who is not returning, will receive a framed certificate.

Cr Jimmy Murphy supported the amendment and said being a councillor was “largely voluntary” and the figure was “reasonable”.

Crs Joshua Topelberg and Roslyn Harley immediately opposed the amendment, and both agreed ratepayers’ money should not be used to fund the gifts.

“Being a councillor is not voluntary, we are elected to be here and this money will come from the public purse,” Cr Topelberg said.

“The amount of recognition we get is abundant.”

The amendment was lost, as was Cr Harley’s attempt to include an option for councillors to choose a phone and iPad instead of claiming up to $3500 for Information and Communications Technology.

The policy was also amended to reflect the electric bicycle Mayor Emma Cole received, to remove references to “obsolete” fax machines, and childcare allowance capped at $25 per hour to reflect what is determined by the Salaries and Allowances Tribunal.