Mayor angry over block to bid for more council transparency

Mayor John Carey. Picture: Andrew Ritchie. d428263
Mayor John Carey. Picture: Andrew Ritchie. d428263

After a week of public scrutiny over Federal politicians� allowances, Mr Carey requested on behalf of the City of Vincent that WALGA advocate for reforms that would enhance local government transparency and accountability.

Vincent recently adopted a public register of councillors� contact with developers and has an online register of gifts and hospitality, a total ban on travel allowances and public reports on all corporate credit card expenditure.

Mr Carey said he was angry that so many council representatives voted against the motion in the secret ballot.

�I�m angry on behalf of ratepayers because I think it is a failure by the sector to realise reform is needed,� Mr Carey said.

�I think it was deeply disappointing that the sector would not even embrace a discussion. They shut down the debate, they said �no, we don�t even want to discuss this�.

�My point to the whole sector is if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear.�

Mr Carey said he had support from representatives from the City cities of Stirling, Fremantle and Gosnells and towns of Bassendean and Victoria Park.

However, he said he was disappointed but not surprised that representatives from the City of Perth lobbied other councils to vote down his motion.

Mr Carey said he would write to the local governments that expressed their support for the motion to work on a shared vision for greater transparency and accountability.

A City of Stirling spokesman said they were unable to offer anything in the way of comment on the matter.