City of Vincent council praised for its transparency

LOCAL Government Minister Tony Simpson has thanked the City of Vincent for leading the push for greater transparency at council level.

Speaking at the Local Government Managers Association (WA) annual state conference last week, Mr Simpson said Vincent was leading the way for greater transparency across local government in WA.

“And I can tell you, their mayor John Carey has this year received gifts from such notables as local residents, businesses and even the Square Dancing Association of Western Australia,” Mr Simpson told the conference.

“There is nothing to fear in sharing this sort of information with your community.”

Acting Mayor Roslyn Harley said Vincent had looked at what the City of Melbourne was achieving and aimed to replicate its success.

“Transparency and good governance is where it’s really at with local government,” Cr Harley said.

“This true reform will shift attitudes within local government organisations and improve the community’s trust of our sector.

“We are pleased that Vincent is helping shape this debate in the sector and the community but we aren’t waiting for legislation to change, we are just getting on with it.”

Cr Harley welcomed Premier Colin Barnett’s recently announced plan to introduce new transparency measures into the Local Government Act.

“Vincent pushed for this through the Western Australian Local Government Association’s AGM in August this year,” Cr Harley said.

“During the local government reform process, we also recommended these measures be included in the new City of Perth Act.

“The City of Perth Bill is before Parliament now and presents an ideal opportunity for Parliament to use that legislation to set a new benchmark for Councils across WA.”

Vincent has monthly public reporting of all expenses, including all corporate credit card transactions, an online register of councillor contact with developers and an online register of gifts and hospitality to councillors and staff.