Mayoral robes may get a $3000 makeover

HIS robes have been dry cleaned and the hems let down, but it still may cost upwards of $3000 to get Clarence Valley Council Mayor Ian Tiley decked out properly for official functions.

Cr Tiley does not want new robes, which may save the council another few thousand dollars, but a council committee meeting was told yesterday there was a need for a new 'collarette and drop' incorporating the new Clarence Valley Council logo.

The preliminary cost estimate is $3000.

Cr Tiley said he did not want new robes, but there were events where robes should be worn, such as functions in the Christ Church Cathedral.

Former Grafton councillor Shirley Adams said that in the eight years she was mayor, she would have worn robes four or five times a year.

She said the robes were historical and should be kept in a special place, but a new collarette should project an image of a young and energetic new council that is 'going places'.

A report to councillors said although the mayoral outfit was not seen by some as essential, the 'regalia is important in the context of local government and as an aid to establishing clear lines of authority and respect for the time-honoured office at appropriate events'.

"When the matter is resolved, the provision of mayoral regalia should be added to council's policy on provision of facilities and payment of expenses to the mayor and councillors."

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