Council travel abroad debate

by admin on July 14th, 2018

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Ballarat council chief exeuctive Justine Linley Concernshave been flaggedaboutinconsistencies inBallarat City Council’s policy on international and interstate travel of councillors.

It comes as the majority of Ballarat councillors voted to send adelegation, including the mayor Des Hudson and chief executive Justine Linley,to Canberra next monthto lobby the federal government on city priorities despite the council being in caretaker mode pending the local government.

At acouncil meeting earlier this week,councillors Amy Johnson and Samantha McIntosh raised questions over why no councilstaff or councillors were named in the officer’s report for the trip.They also queried why no details including an expected time-frame or estimatedcosts ofthe trip had been disclosed to councillors or the public.

They arguedastrict policyneeded to be enforced to ensure transparency for all counciltravel aboard or interstate.It followedcontroversy surroundinga more than $30,000 rate-payer funded trip to Austria earlier this year.

The councilwere also divided overalast minute voteon aratepayer funded trip to East Timor with a report handed to councillors just hours before they had to vote in July.

On Friday, Ms Linley defended the report.

“The real essence of councillors is that they have clear roles, irrespective of caretaker mode,” Ms Linleysaid.“When theysign and take their oath of office, they pledgetoeffectively govern for the best interests of people in their municipalityright up until election date.”

“Advocacy further afield on project and policy matters which have been pre-approved and pre-agreed for the council over the previous termshouldn’t stop because the timing is not right to do it.”

“The council should be lobbying state and federalgovernments at any given opportunity.”

Cr Hudson said while the timing wasn’t ideal it was paramount the councilattended to lobby all federal ministers on funding for critical projects before the national budget.

“(The council) need to have a seat at the table or we could miss out on millions of dollars ofcritical funding needed for some projects,” he said. “To miss thatopportunityis not showing leadership for the city.”

All councillors except Cr McIntosh and Cr Johnson voted in favour of sending Cr Hudson and Ms Linley to Canberra next month.

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