On your electric bike, Vincent Mayor told

Vincent Mayor John Carey  on his mayoral electric bike.Picture: Andrew Ritchie        www.communitypix.com.au
Vincent Mayor John Carey on his mayoral electric bike.Picture: Andrew Ritchie        www.communitypix.com.au

THE City of Vincent mayor will have a new set of ratepayer-funded wheels after councillors approved the purchase of a mayoral electric bike.

“Where’s my Mercedes?” Mr Carey asked, in an obvious 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 ratepayer money to buy a Mercedes for the mayor and chief executive.

“My issue is that the mayor isn’t provided with a vehicle,” Cr Topelberg said.

Cr Topelberg 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 from 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.

Vincent did not previously provide a vehicle for the mayor and as a result the mayor had to use their own car to attend meetings and functions across Perth.

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

“Is it sprayed with ‘Mayor’s Bike’ on it?” Mr Carey joked.