How much Clarence Valley councillors were reimbursed for expenses each year could become part of an annual report.
How much Clarence Valley councillors were reimbursed for expenses each year could become part of an annual report. Adam Hourigan

GM advises councillors to disclose it all

HOW much individual councillors are being reimbursed for their expenses could be itemised in the Clarence Valley Council annual report from next month.

At the Governance and Corporate committee meeting today council general manager Scott Greensill will recommend the councillor expenses are released on an annual basis.

In a business paper to be tabled at the meeting, Mr Greensill wrote the figures should be released as it would be "worthwhile to demonstrate the level of engagement that each respective councillor undertakes".

"This will enable the community to see the comparison of expenses incurred and the level of commitment that each individual councillor undertakes of their behalf," he wrote.

He recommends detailing the number of ordinary meetings, committee meetings and other commitments attended by the councillors in the expenses period.

Mr Greensill gave four options for how the issue should be tackled.

The first was to include a dissection of expenses by category for elected member of the council to be included in the annual report.

The second was to prepare an attendance schedule for each councillor to be included in the annual report.

The third was for the expenses and attendances for this year to be presented at the council's December meeting and the fourth was for the council to take no action.

He recommended all of the first three options be adopted.

Mr Greensill said there would be no financial implications for the council to action the recommendations. He also said the amount of remuneration associated with being a councillor in New South Wales was nominal when compared with other states.

"The time and effort required for the remuneration in my opinion is balanced and fair and as such the reasonable reimbursement of expenses should not be an issue," he wrote.

Previously, councillors' expenses were published as a total amount in the annual report.



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