WITH public attention focused on the expenses claims of federal parliamentarians, the entitlements of local councillors provide interesting reading.
For the period July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013, the highest claiming councillor was Mark Kitchener, who was paid $38,081 over and above his $13,269 councillor fee.
Cr Kitchener billed ratepayers $11,628 for conferences and seminars and $18,254 for travel.
The lowest claiming councillor was Jim McCrudden, who billed ratepayers $943 for office equipment.
The highest bill for printing was charged by Mayor Joanna Gash, who claimed $3670.
In terms of travel claims, Alan Baptist and Patricia White, who represent the southern Shoalhaven, claimed $15,973 and $15,887 respectively. Andrew Guile, who represents the northern Shoalhaven, claimed $2543 for travel.
Crs Lynette Kearney, White and Kitchener were the only ones to claim for spouses/accompanying persons, Crs Kearney and White billing for $230 and Cr Kitchener $236.
The only interstate travel claims recorded for the period were $825 for Cr Amanda Findley, $192 for Cr White and $1039 for Cr Kitchener.
Cr Greg Watson claimed the highest legal expense – $2069 – followed closely by Cr Kitchener, who billed $1967.
Cr Findley claimed the most for phone calls – $6089 – followed by Cr Watson, who claimed $5033.
Not present on the council website was the $13,891.66 cost for hearing three code of conduct complaints levelled at Cr Guile related to his opposition to the so-called Berry mega mansion in Borrowdale Close.
All complaints were dismissed.