Mayor told to get on his bike

Cycling enthusiast Mayor John Carey.        |Picture: Andrew Ritchie         d428263
Cycling enthusiast Mayor John Carey.        |Picture: Andrew Ritchie        d428263

�Where�s my Mercedes,� current Mayor John Carey said in a dig at the City of Stirling during Tuesday�s council meeting.

Councillor Joshua Topelberg said �in all seriousness� his motion to buy the mayor a bike was prompted by the controversy over Stirling using ratepayers� money to buy a Mercedes for its mayor and chief executive.

�My issue is that the mayor isn�t provided with a vehicle,� Cr Topelberg said.

He said with a very small council area and ideal weather, it made sense for the mayor to use a bike.

�If we are going to talk the talk, we need to walk the walk,� he said.

The bike and associated equipment is expected to cost about $3000 and will be funded through the City�s plant and equipment reserve.

It will cover the purchase of the bike, additional equipment, an annual maintenance plan and an electric charge connection in the City�s garage.

The City of Vincent did not previously provide a vehicle for the mayor and he had to use his own car to attend meetings and functions across Perth.

The City already owns two electric bikes, which are mostly used by staff.

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