Councillor Expenses April - July 2012

In September 2011, Council resolved to publish the expenses incurred by Councillors on its website each quarter. 

The Local Government Act provides for the Mayor and Councillors to be paid an allowance and for them to be provided with appropriate tools and support to enable them to carry out their roles. In the April-June 2012 quarter, the allowance paid in Yarra was: $17,456 for the Mayor and $5642 for all other Councillors.

To properly represent their communities and carry out their significant legal responsibilities, Councillors often need to work long hours and travel. To assist Councillors in meeting their obligations, they are provided with general support such as mobile phones, computers, meals when they are attending meetings at meal times, and reimbursement of official travel costs and telephone bills.   

For more information on Councillor remuneration, please see this excerpt from the 2008 Local Government (Councillor Remuneration Review) Panel Report. 

Councillor Expenses April - June 2012

Name

 

Travel costs to attend interstate conferences

 

Local conference and training fees

 

 Meal costs

 

Communication costs - monthly fees

 

Communications costs - operational

 

(eg phone calls)

 

Other costs and expenses   
(eg printing)

 

Cr Geoff Barbour

(Mayor) 

 

 

 

Australian Local Governance Association conference, Canberra, June, 
$2264.45

 

 

 

 

 

Melbourne's Northern Economic Wedge, LaTrobe University, May, $50

Municipal Association of Victoria Future of Local Government National Summit, June, $540

 

 

 

 

Total
=$590

 

 

 

$475 

 

 

 

 

 

iPhone monthly fee
=$29

 


Telstra monthly
connection
=$49

Home internet connection
=$59

 

 

 

 

Total
=$137

 

 

 

March-April
=$20.38

 

 

 

April-May
=$34.32

 

 

 

Total
=$54.70

 

April-June printing
=$142

 


April cabcharge fees
=$72.90

 


Total
=$214.90

 

 

 

The start up costs of equipment that is being used by this Councillor (i.e. these costs are not paid on a quarterly basis but are the one-off costs paid for the equipment): iPhone $800, notebook computer $2000, motion mobile device $1500.

 


Record of attendance at meetings
: Inner Melbourne Action Plan Committee Growing Green Guide and ESD factsheets project launch (May), Rotary Club of Collingwood (May), Volunteer Annual Recognition Event (May), Brunswick Street Lost and Found - National Trust of Victoria Heritage Festival (May), Victoria Street Gateway Stakeholder Group (May), Public Transport Advocacy Campaign Committee (May), Reconciliation Event (May), Headspace Colllingwood Launch (June)

 

 Name

 

Travel costs to attend interstate conferences

 

Local conference and training fees

 

Meal costs

 

Communication costs - monthly fees

 

Communications costs - operational
(eg phone calls)

 

Other costs and expenses
(e.g. printing)

 

Cr Alison Clarke

 

 

Nil

 

Institute for Sensible Transport - Tom Vanderbilt seminar, April, $395

 

 $475

 

iPhone monthly fee
=$29

iPad monthly connection
=$29

Total
=$58

 

March-April
=$36.97

 


April-May
=$37.55

 


Total
=$74.52

 

April-June printing
=$44

 

 

 

The start up costs of equipment that is being used by this Councillor (i.e. these costs are not paid on a quarterly basis but are the one-off costs paid for the equipment): iPhone $800, iPad $762

 


Record of attendance at meetings:
Inner Melbourne Action Plan Committee Growing Green Guide and ESD factsheets project launch (May), Volunteer Annual Recognition Event (May), Perry Street Festival - Friends of the Earth (May), Victoria Street Gateway Stakeholder Group (May), Public Transport Advocacy Campaign Committee (May), Reconciliation Event (May), Headspace Collingwood Launch (June)

 

 

 

Name

 

Travel costs to attend interstate conferences

 

Local conference and training fees

 

Meal  costs

 

Communication costs - monthly fees

 

Communications costs - operational (eg phone calls)

 

Other costs and expenses
(e.g. printing)

 

Cr Jackie Fristacky

Nil

 

Municipal Association of Victoria, Shaping the Future of Local Government workshops, April, $297

 

 

 

Institute for Sensible Transport, Tom Vanderbilt seminar, April, $395

 

 

 

Melbourne's Northern Economic Wedge, LaTrobe University, May, $50 

 

 

 

Total
=$742

 

$375 

 

 

 

 

 

iPhone monthly fee
=$29

Telstra monthly connection
=$49

 


Home internet connection
=$89

 


Total
=$167

 

 

 

March-April
=$65.03

 


April-May
=$79.19

 


Total
=$144.22

 

April-June printing
=$182.40

 

The start up costs of equipment that is being used by this Councillor (i.e. these costs are not paid on a quarterly basis but are the one-off costs paid for the equipment): iPhone $800, notebook computer $2000, printer $500

 


Record of attendance at meetings
: Inner Melbourne Action Plan Committee Growing Green Guide and ESD factsheets project launch (May), Rotary Club of Collingwood (May), Volunteer Annual Recognition Event (May), Public Transport Advocacy Campaign Committee (May), Headspace Collingwood Launch (June)

 

 Name

 

Travel costs to attend interstate conferences

 

Local conference and training fees

 

Meal costs

 

Communication costs - capital and monthly fees

 

Communications costs - operational (e.g phone calls)

 

Other costs and expenses
(e.g. printing)

 

Cr Josh Funder

 Nil

 

 Nil

 

$375 

 

iPhone monthly fee
=$29

Telstra monthly connection
=$49

Home internet 
connection
=$59

 


Total
=$137

 

March-April
=$0.93

 


April-May
=$3.27

 

 

 

Total
=$4.20

 

 

 

April cabcharge fees
=$20.20

 

The start up costs of equipment that is being used by this Councillor (i.e. these costs are not paid on a quarterly basis but are the one-off costs paid for the equipment): iPhone $800, notebook computer $2000, motion mobile device $1500, printer $500

 


Record of attendance at meetings
: Victoria Street Gateway Stakeholder Group (May)

 

Name

 

 

 

Travel costs to attend interstate conferences

 

Local conference and training fees

 

Meal costs

 

Communication costs - capital and monthly fees

 

Communications costs - operational (e.g phone calls)

 

Other costs and expenses
(e.g. printing)

 

Cr Sam Gaylard

 Nil

 Nil

 

 $425

 

iPhone monthly fee
=$29

Telstra monthly connection
=$49

Home internet connection
=$59

 


Total
=$137

 

March-April
=$60.10

 


April-May
=$85.10

 


Total
=$145.20

 

 

 

April-June
printing
=$0.60

 

The start up costs of equipment that is being used by this Councillor (i.e. these costs are not paid on a quarterly basis but are the one-off costs paid for the equipment): iPhone $800, notebook computer $2000, motion mobile device $1500, printer $500

 


Record of attendance at meetings:
Inner Melbourne Action Plan Committee Growing Green Guide and ESD factsheets project launch (May), Brunswick Street Lost and Found - National Trust of Victoria Heritage Festival (May)

 

 Name

 

Travel costs to attend interstate conferences

 

Local conference and training fees

 

Meal costs

 

Communication costs - monthly fees

 

Communications costs -operational (e.g. phone calls)

 

Other costs and expenses
(e.g. printing)

 

Cr Stephen Jolly

 Nil  Nil

Nil  

 

 

 

 

 

iPhone monthly fee
=$29

Telstra monthly connection
=$49

 

 

 

Home internet connection
=$59

iPad monthly connection
=$29

Total
=$166

 

March-April
=$119.05

 


April-May
=$131.44

 


Total
=$250.49

 

 

 

April-June printing
=$182.89

 

The start up costs of equipment that is being used by this Councillor (i.e. these costs are not paid on a quarterly basis but are the one-off costs paid for the equipment): iPhone $800, notebook computer $2000, ipad $762, printer $500


Record of attendance at meetings:
Perry Street Festival - Friends of the Earth (May), Public Transport Advocacy Campaign Committee (May)

 

Name

 

Travel costs to attend interstate conferences

 

 Local conference and training fees

 

Meal  costs

 

Communication costs - monthly fees

 

Communications costs - operational (eg phone calls)

 

Other costs and expenses
(e.g. printing)

 

Cr Anthony Main

 Nil  Nil

Nil 

 

iPhone monthly fee
=$29

Telstra monthly connection
=$49

Total
=$78

 

March-April
=$39.03

 


April-May
=$44.18

 


Total
=$83.21

 

 

 

April myki
=$50

 


May myki
=$150

Total
=$200

 

 

 

The start up costs of equipment that is being used by this Councillor (i.e. these costs are not paid on a quarterly basis but are the one-off costs paid for the equipment): iPhone $800, motion mobile device $1500.

 


Record of attendance at meetings
: Nil

 

 Name

 

Travel costs to attend interstate conferences

 

Local conference and training fees

 

Meal costs

 

Communication costs - monthly fees

 

 Communications costs - operational (eg phone calls)

 

 Other costs and expenses
(e.g. printing)

 

Cr Dale Smedley

 Nil

 

 Nil

 

 $425

 

 Nil

 

March-April
=$133.13

 


April-May
=$131.41

 


Total
=$264.54

 

 

 

April-June
printing
=$1.80

 


April cabcharge fees
=$149.80

 


May cabcharge fees
=$239.20

 


Total
=$390.80

 

 

 

The start up costs of equipment that is being used by this Councillor (i.e. these costs are not paid on a quarterly basis but are the one-off costs paid for the equipment): Nokia mobile phone $350

Record of attendance at meetings: Victoria Street Gateway Stakeholder Group (May)

 

Name

 

Travel costs to attend interstate conferences

 

Local conference and training fees

 

Meal costs

 

Communication costs - monthly fees

 

Communications costs - operational (eg phone calls)

 

Other costs and expenses (e.g. printing)

 

Cr Amanda Stone

 Nil

 

Institute for Sensible Transport - Tom Vanderbilt seminar, April, $395

 

 $375

 

iPhone monthly fee
=$29

Telstra monthly connection
=$49

Total
=$78

 

March-April
=$53.76

 


April-May
=$68.44

 


Total
=$122.20

 

April-June printing
=$82.10

 

The start up costs of equipment that is being used by this Councillor (i.e. these costs are not paid on a quarterly basis but are the one-off costs paid for the equipment): iPhone $800, notebook computer $2000, printer $500

 


Record of attendance at meetings
: Rotary Club of Collingwood (May), Perry Street Festival - Friends of the Earth (May), Brunswick Street Lost and Found - National Trust of Victoria Heritage Festival (May), Victoria Street Gateway Stakeholder Group (May), Reconciliation Event (May), Headspace Collingwood Launch (June)

 

             

Excerpt from 2008 Local Government (Councillor Remuneration Review) Panel Report

Councils and Councillors and their peak bodies expressed the view that the amount of allowances had a significant impact on the decision to stand for Council and to return for a second or third term. In particular, surveys had shown that women, single parents and young adults with or without children were under-represented in candidacies as were business owners and young professionals. This view was strongly supported in submissions from the community and especially by advocacy groups for women and young people. 
  
The Panel formed the view that allowance levels do present a barrier to candidacy for those women, young people and mid career professionals both standing for election for the first time and those standing for re-election. 
  
Submissions and hearings pointed out that for most Councillors becoming Mayor involves a full-time commitment to the role and the sacrifice of income if an individual takes unpaid leave from his or her previous employment. The duties of a Councillor demand time, energy and commitment and many reduce their time in paid employment to meet the demands of the role. 
  
Becoming a Councillor also incurs costs for travel, accommodation and child and dependant care, which are not always fully reimbursed by the Council. 
  
Some of the work of a Councillor occurs in ways that are not able to be discretely separated from other activities for the purposes of reimbursement, for example, representations about municipal matters received during non-Council activities. The submissions the Panel received were almost unanimous in describing the financial sacrifices and the failure of the current level of allowances to compensate this. 
  
The Panel believes it is necessary to adjust the value of the allowance. Overall the Panel believes the acceptance of recommendations on increases to the quantum would encourage diversity and, in particular, increase the likelihood that women, young people and people of non-English speaking background will nominate for election to their local Council."  


Further Information
Ivan Gilbert
Executive Manager - Governance
9205 5110
Ivan.Gilbert@yarracity.vic.gov.au 
 

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