A MAYORAL minute calling for a reduction in the number of Shoalhaven City councillors attending conferences is being drafted this week.
Mayor Joanna Gash has taken the step following an outcry after it was revealed on Friday that five councillors and two staff members would this week be attending a Dynamic Cities conference in the resort town of Mandurah in Western Australia at a cost of almost $20,000.
“I understand the concern and will be putting out a mayoral minute to discuss conferences.
“I have been worried about it for some time. I believe conference attendances should be limited to a certain number of councillors,” Cr Gash said.
She said fellow Team Gash councillor Patricia White had previously moved a motion seeking to limit councillor conference attendance but was voted down. One of those who voted the motion down was Cr Andrew Guile, who last week criticised the $10,000 expense involved in councillors attending the local government conference in Sydney.
Cr Gash said she would seek advice from general manager Russ Pigg on ways to restrict conference attendances in a fair manner.
“I think people who are on certain committees should be considered for conferences that relate to the work of those committees,” she said.