Council to tell us who spent what

HOW much each Clarence Valley councillor claims back in meals, accommodation, child care, stationery, phone bills and other expenses look set to be categorised and published.

There was no opposition to a recommendation at the Governance and Corporate Committee meeting this week that expenses, as well as meeting attendances of each councillor, should be reported annually.

Mayor Richie Williamson spoke in favour of itemising the expenses but not before emphasising he felt council was "very transparent".

Cr Williamson also went to pains to say there had been little if no public interest in seeing the expenses itemised per councillor.

"I am unaware of any submission to publish that document, either this year or since 2006," he said.

"We have never been asked to provide that information, and throughout the submission process we still haven't been asked to provide (details) but that doesn't mean we shouldn't."

Cr Williamson said the councillors always kept in the back of their minds that the money was not theirs and it belonged to the ratepayers.

"So I have absolutely no issue with what the general manager is proposing here," he said.

Cr Craig Howe asked if he could also detail all the personal costs councillors incurred that didn't get reimbursed and those that were not claimed.

Council general manager Scott Greensill said a separate recommendation would need to be brought forward for that to happen.

Mr Greensill said a procedure to capture the data still needed to be locked down.

After the councillors unanimously voted to pass the recommendation, Cr Howe thanked them for the extra 30 minutes work the reporting would entail.

The recommendation needs to be ratified at next week's council meeting.



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