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Inner West Council needs 2 Meetings a month and Oversight!

Last night's  council meeting was a demonstration of why we need fortnightly Council meetings and proper reports presented for consideration by Council. Non-urgent Mayoral Minutes were put up which sought to establish Council Positions despite containing no comments from Council Officers. Insufficient information in an illegible format was published. Councillors were informed they were voting on Domestic Waste Services on which they were briefed but with no supporting report. The mayor as chair of the meeting and claiming to be an expert on Meeting procedure kept throwing to officers for rulings. It was good to see so many speakers at the meeting - but this should not have been the first time Councillors heard their arguments! The speaker for item 2 raised issues with the accuracy of the report on the council papers! Item No: C0421(1) Item 2 Subject: Live music and entertainment conditions https://innerwest.infocouncil.biz/Open/2021/04/C_13042021_AGN_3828_AT_WEB.htm   On a more p

Mayoral and Councillor Expenses and Facilities Policy

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In July 2017 it was resolved by the Administrator that there would be 2 staff for the Mayor and 4 to be shared between the other 14 councillors. Many of the sacked former Ashfield, Marrickville and Leichhardt Councillors took up appointments on the administrators advisory committee and I expect advised on the resourcing.  There has been no transparency of the structure of the Mayors office and there is not even a current staff structure on the council website. Councillors resolved in July 2018 in adopting the Councillors Facilities and Expenses policy to receive quarterly reports on expenditure against budget.  From 2 staff supporting the Mayor and 4 staff supporting the councillors  to 2 supporting the Councillors and a blow out in Mayoral Facilities reported in an exclusive article in the SMH. ‘ Exclusive use’: Sydney mayor’s estimated $500k team revealed amid GM stoush By Angus Thompson, April 10, 2021 — 5.00am https://www.smh.com.au/national/exclusive-use-sydney-mayor-s-estimated-