City of Swan councillor Darryl Trease had a three-day study tour in the US approved at Wednesday’s council meeting after fellow councillors debated if ratepayers should pay for it.
The council debated the funding of $1950 for accommodation, car hire, meals and fuel, with concerns it was an unnecessary cost.
Cr Trease requested approval for the study tour of the City of Livermore as part of an overseas trip he is taking on behalf of the Swan Valley Grape Growers Association.
Cr Trease said the study tour of Livermore, which was a similar region to the Swan Valley, was to look at how it had implemented planning controls to preserve and revive viticulture amidst urban development.
He said he hoped to look at the relevance to the Swan Valley and how it could be applied to the region.
Cr John McNamara opposed the item and said he did not believe ratepayers should fund the tour.
Cr Rod Henderson said he believed it would benefit the Swan Valley.
“The key issue in the Swan Valley is that it’s suffering from urbanisation around it,” he said.
“The information Cr Trease gains from Livermore will be invaluable. We do not want this destination to fail. It’s viable for this council.”
The item was passed 10-2.