Councils may have to disclose gifts, travel online from July 1

FROM July 1 next year, all WA councils may have to publicly disclose gifts and travel online.

The City of Vincent already has an online register and Mayor John Carey welcomed the news that other councils would have to follow its lead if WA Parliament passes the City of Perth Act.

WA Labor’s amendments to the City of Perth Act would require all councils to disclose gifts and travel within 10 days.

Vincent does not publish declarations of gifts and travel to a specific timeframe but Mr Carey said 10 days was achievable for the declarations.

“I’m not going to wait for WALGA (WA Local Government Association) to embrace these reforms,” he said.

“We will continue to work with other local councils.

“The momentum is building.”

WALGA president Lynne Craigie said she was disappointed that WALGA was not consulted before the State Government announced the proposed registers.

“We are, however, extremely disappointed not to have been provided with the opportunity to gauge our members’ response and contribute to the proposed amendments, as there has been no formal consultation from the state on this,” Ms Craigie said.

The Act is now awaiting Legislative Council approval.

Local government spokesman David Templeman said WA Labor had salvaged something from Premier Colin Barnett’s failed council amalgamations.

“By finally accepting our amendments, Parliament has now introduced important transparency and accountability measures for local government,’’ he said.

“These measures are exactly what the community has been calling for and expects.’’

A City of Perth spokesman declined to comment on the Act until it was passed by the Legislative Council.