Melbourne City Councillor expenses December 2004 to March 31, 2006

Melbourne City Council Expenses – January 1 to March 31, 2006 Source Link

Cr John So Cr Garry Singer Cr Catherine Ng Cr David Wilson Cs Carl Jetter Cr Fraser Brindley Cr Brian Shanahan Cr Fiona Snedden Cr Peter Clark Total
1 Jan to 31 Mar 2006
1 Conferences, Functions $ $ $ $ $ 304,55 $ 823,45 $ 171,82 $ 201,57 $ $ 1 501,39
2 Training and Development $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ 700,00 $ $ 700,00
3 Travel – Local $ $ 156,61 $ 294,80 $ 300,96 $ 2 811,69 $ 200,25 $ 418,74 $ 1 218,43 $ $ 5 401,48
4 Travel – Interstate $ 1 040,10 $ $ $ $ $ $ $ 243,64 $ $ 1 283,74
5 Travel – Overseas $ $ $ $ $ $ 1 068,14 $ $ $ 1 068,14
6 Communication – Local $ 637,68 $ 1 351,63 $ 660,74 $ 591,14 $ 596,21 $ 571,03 $ 461,82 $ 610,79 $ 1 275,34 $ 6 756,38
7 Communication – Interstate $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $
8 Communication – Overseas $ 43,97 $ $ 369,80 $ $ $ $ $ $ $ 413,77
9 Functions External to Town Hall $ $ $ 359,47 $ $ 544,10 $ $ $ $ $ 903,57
10 Child Care $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ 2 548,70 $ $ 2 548,70
Total Expenses $ 1 721,75 $ 1 508,24 $ 1 684,81 $ 892,10 $ 4 256,55 $ 2 662,87 $ 1 052,38 $ 5 523,13 $ 1 275,34 $ 20 577,17
Note: Published Data is dodgy indicating that the figuars may have been doctored. The published Total for the Lord Mayor does not add up to the detailed expenses.
Published data shows the Lord Mayor with a total of 1684.81 (under valued)

Missing costs associated with Lord Mayor and Deputy Lord Mayors Limousine; Costs associated with Internal Catering and Free Booze.

Note: Councillors with the execption of Greens Councillor Frazer Brindley did not travel overseas durring this period. The Costs associated with the City of Mlebourne Commonwealth Games are also not included in these expense statements.

Melbourne City Council Expenses – December 2004 to March 31, 2006 (consolidated)
Also Missing costs associated with Lord Mayor and Deputy Lord Mayors Limousine; Costs associated with Internal Catering and Free Booze.
Cr John So Cr Garry Singer Cr Catherine Ng Cr David Wilson Cs Carl Jetter Cr Fraser Brindley Cr Brian Shanahan Cr Fiona Snedden Cr Peter Clark Total
Total to Date Dec 2, 2004 to December 31, 2004
1 Conferences, Functions $ $ 2 872,65 $ 1 220,00 $ 887,96 $ 2 849,25 $ 823,45 $ 595,45 $ 1 400,65 $ 154,55 $ 10 803,96
2 Training and Development $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ 700,00 $ $ 700,00
3 Travel – Local $ 20,00 $ 783,26 $ 1 747,26 $ 1 289,70 $ 8 298,70 $ 1 301,00 $ 1 517,57 $ 4 315,05 $ 56,09 $ 19 328,63
4 Travel – Interstate $ 2 114,34 $ 4 198,02 $ $ $ $ $ $ 621,72 $ $ 6 934,08
5 Travel – Overseas $ 21 689,49 $29 270,51 $ $ $ 7 347,59 $ 1 068,14 $ 7 112,60 $ 9 183,94 $ $ 75 672,27
6 Communication – Local $ 3 917,23 $ 6 126,20 $ 4 652,01 $ 2 152,00 $ 1 884,54 $ 1 995,91 $ 2 048,01 $ 2 904,66 $ 6 514,89 $ 32 195,45
7 Communication – Interstate $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $
8 Communication – Overseas $ 2 049,78 $ 563,19 $ 928,33 $ $ 348,41 $ $ 439,12 $ 185,47 $ $ 4 514,30
9 Functions External to Town Hall $ $ 98,87 $ 1 059,95 $ $ 1 743,55 $ $ $ 243,68 $ $ 3 146,05
10 Child Care $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ 9 384,10 $ $ 9 384,10
Total Expenses $ 29 790,84 $43 912,70 $ 9 607,55 $ 4 329,66 $22 472,04 $ 5 188,50 $11 712,75 $28 939,27 $ 6 725,53 $ 162 678,84

City Hypocrisy exposed Councillors benefit from free parking, free food and free booze whilst ratepayers and commuters foot the bill

The Herald Sun has reported today on some of the cost of hypocrisy that abounds the halls of the City Council.

Whilst the article in the Herald-sun highlights some of the issues surrounding the hypocrisy of the City Council there are still a number of undisclosed issues and expenses that the City Council refuses to release in its ongoing effort to avoid accountability.

The City of Melbourne in addition to paying the out of pocket costs occurred by City Councillors is paying also the personal costs associated with Cr So and Singers use of their Council funded limousines.

The Council is picking up the tab for the costs associated with Cr Singers (Disgraced Councillor without portfolio) private use of his Council funded limousine. Under Australian Taxation requirements and normal circumstances Cr Singer would be required to maintain a drivers log listing the KM and petrol consumption and the purpose of the journey. we understand that Cr Singer does not kept such a log or if he does he has not provided a copy to the City Council. In the absence of a drivers log Cr Singer would be required to prorate private expenses and repay the City Council for that part which is considered private. A similar option existing with Council funded mobile telephones. Again Cr Singer does not rebate the Council for that proportional that is considered private use.

These costs are above and beyond what is authorised by the Local Government Act.

Under the Local Government Act/Regulations the Council can pay the out-of-pocket costs born by Councillors that occurred whilst fulfilling their duties of a Councillor. there is no provision for the Council to pay additional private personal costs. Cr Singer effectively is stealing from ratepayers.

On top of that Councillors and senior staff enjoy other undisclosed financial benefits including free inner city parking, free internal catering and free booze..

The associated costs are not included in the Council’s misleading published expense statements.

The Council does not pay the Fringe Benefits Tax on these perks (Even though they are liable)

When will the City of Melbourne stop ripping off ratepayers and begin to provide honest, open and transparent government? When will it inside the costs associated with the Lord Mayor and Deputy Lord Mayor’s Limousine and costs associated with free parking, internal catering and free booze?

As long as Councillors and Staff continue putting their noses in the trough ratepayers will foot the bill.

Do as I say, not as I drive
Jen Kelly, city editor
07apr06

MELBOURNE City Council has been accused of hypocrisy over its war on cars amid revelations it forks out millions on its own fleet.

The council’s anti-car tactics, including parking fee hikes and a proposed 40km/h CBD limit, are being called into question in light of its addiction to motoring.
Its draft transport strategy calls for bus-only lanes in Queen and Lonsdale streets, priority for trams and huge spending on cyclists.

But the council’s spending on its own cars includes:

$1.4 MILLION for capital costs in 2004-05 for its fleet, including two executive vehicles for new staff.

$828,000 for operating costs in 2004-05, including repairs, accidents, CityLink tolls and registration and $259,000 for fuel.

MORE than $100,000 a year to run Lord Mayor John So’s chauffeur-driven Holden Caprice, with personalised plates LM000, including the driver’s wages.

$16,440 a year for Deputy Lord Mayor Gary Singer’s Holden Statesman, which he also uses for trips to Morwell, where he has a second home and works at a law firm.

THE other seven councillors claimed $13,280 for “local travel” expenses in the 13 months to December, which covers taxis, parking fees and CityLink tolls.

THE fleet of more than 100 vehicles clocked up 1.9 million kilometres in 12 months, despite the municipality covering only 36.3sq km.

One of the council’s staunchest critics, Anthony van der Craats, said the anti-car crackdown reeked of hypocrisy.

“They should practise what they preach,” he said.

“It’s a bit like a chain-smoker telling others to give up smoking. The Lord Mayor does not need a limo, he can catch a taxi or take public transport.

“It is hypocritical for the council to on one hand advocate citizens give up their cars while at the same time they zealously hold on to their free car park and the Lord Mayor and Deputy Lord Mayor continue to drive council-funded six-cylinder petrol guzzlers.”

Mr van der Craats, who operates a website holding the council to account, called on both to give up their cars.

“If they are sincere about a car-free future then prove it and give up the limos,” he said.

“Stop paying for staff cars as part of their remuneration package and withdraw free car parking.

“Buy them a public transport travel pass. At least they will begin to realise that Melbourne needs more than a $750,000 tourist bus.”

Do as I say, not as I drive
Jen Kelly, city editor
07apr06

MELBOURNE City Council has been accused of hypocrisy over its war on cars amid revelations it forks out millions on its own fleet.

The council’s anti-car tactics, including parking fee hikes and a proposed 40km/h CBD limit, are being called into question in light of its addiction to motoring.
Its draft transport strategy calls for bus-only lanes in Queen and Lonsdale streets, priority for trams and huge spending on cyclists.

But the council’s spending on its own cars includes:

$1.4 MILLION for capital costs in 2004-05 for its fleet, including two executive vehicles for new staff.

$828,000 for operating costs in 2004-05, including repairs, accidents, CityLink tolls and registration and $259,000 for fuel.

MORE than $100,000 a year to run Lord Mayor John So’s chauffeur-driven Holden Caprice, with personalised plates LM000, including the driver’s wages.

$16,440 a year for Deputy Lord Mayor Gary Singer’s Holden Statesman, which he also uses for trips to Morwell, where he has a second home and works at a law firm.

THE other seven councillors claimed $13,280 for “local travel” expenses in the 13 months to December, which covers taxis, parking fees and CityLink tolls.

THE fleet of more than 100 vehicles clocked up 1.9 million kilometres in 12 months, despite the municipality covering only 36.3sq km.

One of the council’s staunchest critics, Anthony van der Craats, said the anti-car crackdown reeked of hypocrisy.

“They should practise what they preach,” he said.

“It’s a bit like a chain-smoker telling others to give up smoking. The Lord Mayor does not need a limo, he can catch a taxi or take public transport.

“It is hypocritical for the council to on one hand advocate citizens give up their cars while at the same time they zealously hold on to their free car park and the Lord Mayor and Deputy Lord Mayor continue to drive council-funded six-cylinder petrol guzzlers.”

Mr van der Craats, who operates a website holding the council to account, called on both to give up their cars.

“If they are sincere about a car-free future then prove it and give up the limos,” he said.

“Stop paying for staff cars as part of their remuneration package and withdraw free car parking.

“Buy them a public transport travel pass. At least they will begin to realise that Melbourne needs more than a $750,000 tourist bus.”

Do as I say, not as I drive
Jen Kelly, city editor
07apr06

MELBOURNE City Council has been accused of hypocrisy over its war on cars amid revelations it forks out millions on its own fleet.

The council’s anti-car tactics, including parking fee hikes and a proposed 40km/h CBD limit, are being called into question in light of its addiction to motoring.
Its draft transport strategy calls for bus-only lanes in Queen and Lonsdale streets, priority for trams and huge spending on cyclists.

But the council’s spending on its own cars includes:

$1.4 MILLION for capital costs in 2004-05 for its fleet, including two executive vehicles for new staff.

$828,000 for operating costs in 2004-05, including repairs, accidents, CityLink tolls and registration and $259,000 for fuel.

MORE than $100,000 a year to run Lord Mayor John So’s chauffeur-driven Holden Caprice, with personalised plates LM000, including the driver’s wages.

$16,440 a year for Deputy Lord Mayor Gary Singer’s Holden Statesman, which he also uses for trips to Morwell, where he has a second home and works at a law firm.

THE other seven councillors claimed $13,280 for “local travel” expenses in the 13 months to December, which covers taxis, parking fees and CityLink tolls.

THE fleet of more than 100 vehicles clocked up 1.9 million kilometres in 12 months, despite the municipality covering only 36.3sq km.

One of the council’s staunchest critics, Anthony van der Craats, said the anti-car crackdown reeked of hypocrisy.

“They should practise what they preach,” he said.

“It’s a bit like a chain-smoker telling others to give up smoking. The Lord Mayor does not need a limo, he can catch a taxi or take public transport.

“It is hypocritical for the council to on one hand advocate citizens give up their cars while at the same time they zealously hold on to their free car park and the Lord Mayor and Deputy Lord Mayor continue to drive council-funded six-cylinder petrol guzzlers.”

Mr van der Craats, who operates a website holding the council to account, called on both to give up their cars.

“If they are sincere about a car-free future then prove it and give up the limos,” he said.

“Stop paying for staff cars as part of their remuneration package and withdraw free car parking.

“Buy them a public transport travel pass. At least they will begin to realise that Melbourne needs more than a $750,000 tourist bus.”

City Hypocrisy exposed Councillors benefit from free parking, free food and free booze whilst ratepayers and commuters foot the bill

The Herald Sun has reported today on some of the cost of hypocrisy that abounds the halls of the City Council.

Whilst the article in the Herald-sun highlights some of the issues surrounding the hypocrisy of the City Council there are still a number of undisclosed issues and expenses that the City Council refuses to release in its ongoing effort to avoid accountability.

The City of Melbourne in addition to paying the out of pocket costs occurred by City Councillors is paying also the personal costs associated with Cr So and Singers use of their Council funded limousines.

The Council is picking up the tab for the costs associated with Cr Singers (Disgraced Councillor without portfolio) private use of his Council funded limousine. Under Australian Taxation requirements and normal circumstances Cr Singer would be required to maintain a drivers log listing the KM and petrol consumption and the purpose of the journey. we understand that Cr Singer does not kept such a log or if he does he has not provided a copy to the City Council. In the absence of a drivers log Cr Singer would be required to prorate private expenses and repay the City Council for that part which is considered private. A similar option existing with Council funded mobile telephones. Again Cr Singer does not rebate the Council for that proportional that is considered private use.

These costs are above and beyond what is authorised by the Local Government Act.

Under the Local Government Act/Regulations the Council can pay the out-of-pocket costs born by Councillors that occurred whilst fulfilling their duties of a Councillor. there is no provision for the Council to pay additional private personal costs. Cr Singer effectively is stealing from ratepayers.

On top of that Councillors and senior staff enjoy other undisclosed financial benefits including free inner city parking, free internal catering and free booze..

The associated costs are not included in the Council’s misleading published expense statements.

The Council does not pay the Fringe Benefits Tax on these perks (Even though they are liable)

When will the City of Melbourne stop ripping off ratepayers and begin to provide honest, open and transparent government? When will it inside the costs associated with the Lord Mayor and Deputy Lord Mayor’s Limousine and costs associated with free parking, internal catering and free booze?

As long as Councillors and Staff continue putting their noses in the trough ratepayers will foot the bill.

Do as I say, not as I drive
Jen Kelly, city editor
07apr06

MELBOURNE City Council has been accused of hypocrisy over its war on cars amid revelations it forks out millions on its own fleet.

The council’s anti-car tactics, including parking fee hikes and a proposed 40km/h CBD limit, are being called into question in light of its addiction to motoring.
Its draft transport strategy calls for bus-only lanes in Queen and Lonsdale streets, priority for trams and huge spending on cyclists.

But the council’s spending on its own cars includes:

$1.4 MILLION for capital costs in 2004-05 for its fleet, including two executive vehicles for new staff.

$828,000 for operating costs in 2004-05, including repairs, accidents, CityLink tolls and registration and $259,000 for fuel.

MORE than $100,000 a year to run Lord Mayor John So’s chauffeur-driven Holden Caprice, with personalised plates LM000, including the driver’s wages.

$16,440 a year for Deputy Lord Mayor Gary Singer’s Holden Statesman, which he also uses for trips to Morwell, where he has a second home and works at a law firm.

THE other seven councillors claimed $13,280 for “local travel” expenses in the 13 months to December, which covers taxis, parking fees and CityLink tolls.

THE fleet of more than 100 vehicles clocked up 1.9 million kilometres in 12 months, despite the municipality covering only 36.3sq km.

One of the council’s staunchest critics, Anthony van der Craats, said the anti-car crackdown reeked of hypocrisy.

“They should practise what they preach,” he said.

“It’s a bit like a chain-smoker telling others to give up smoking. The Lord Mayor does not need a limo, he can catch a taxi or take public transport.

“It is hypocritical for the council to on one hand advocate citizens give up their cars while at the same time they zealously hold on to their free car park and the Lord Mayor and Deputy Lord Mayor continue to drive council-funded six-cylinder petrol guzzlers.”

Mr van der Craats, who operates a website holding the council to account, called on both to give up their cars.

“If they are sincere about a car-free future then prove it and give up the limos,” he said.

“Stop paying for staff cars as part of their remuneration package and withdraw free car parking.

“Buy them a public transport travel pass. At least they will begin to realise that Melbourne needs more than a $750,000 tourist bus.”

Do as I say, not as I drive
Jen Kelly, city editor
07apr06

MELBOURNE City Council has been accused of hypocrisy over its war on cars amid revelations it forks out millions on its own fleet.

The council’s anti-car tactics, including parking fee hikes and a proposed 40km/h CBD limit, are being called into question in light of its addiction to motoring.
Its draft transport strategy calls for bus-only lanes in Queen and Lonsdale streets, priority for trams and huge spending on cyclists.

But the council’s spending on its own cars includes:

$1.4 MILLION for capital costs in 2004-05 for its fleet, including two executive vehicles for new staff.

$828,000 for operating costs in 2004-05, including repairs, accidents, CityLink tolls and registration and $259,000 for fuel.

MORE than $100,000 a year to run Lord Mayor John So’s chauffeur-driven Holden Caprice, with personalised plates LM000, including the driver’s wages.

$16,440 a year for Deputy Lord Mayor Gary Singer’s Holden Statesman, which he also uses for trips to Morwell, where he has a second home and works at a law firm.

THE other seven councillors claimed $13,280 for “local travel” expenses in the 13 months to December, which covers taxis, parking fees and CityLink tolls.

THE fleet of more than 100 vehicles clocked up 1.9 million kilometres in 12 months, despite the municipality covering only 36.3sq km.

One of the council’s staunchest critics, Anthony van der Craats, said the anti-car crackdown reeked of hypocrisy.

“They should practise what they preach,” he said.

“It’s a bit like a chain-smoker telling others to give up smoking. The Lord Mayor does not need a limo, he can catch a taxi or take public transport.

“It is hypocritical for the council to on one hand advocate citizens give up their cars while at the same time they zealously hold on to their free car park and the Lord Mayor and Deputy Lord Mayor continue to drive council-funded six-cylinder petrol guzzlers.”

Mr van der Craats, who operates a website holding the council to account, called on both to give up their cars.

“If they are sincere about a car-free future then prove it and give up the limos,” he said.

“Stop paying for staff cars as part of their remuneration package and withdraw free car parking.

“Buy them a public transport travel pass. At least they will begin to realise that Melbourne needs more than a $750,000 tourist bus.”

Do as I say, not as I drive
Jen Kelly, city editor
07apr06

MELBOURNE City Council has been accused of hypocrisy over its war on cars amid revelations it forks out millions on its own fleet.

The council’s anti-car tactics, including parking fee hikes and a proposed 40km/h CBD limit, are being called into question in light of its addiction to motoring.
Its draft transport strategy calls for bus-only lanes in Queen and Lonsdale streets, priority for trams and huge spending on cyclists.

But the council’s spending on its own cars includes:

$1.4 MILLION for capital costs in 2004-05 for its fleet, including two executive vehicles for new staff.

$828,000 for operating costs in 2004-05, including repairs, accidents, CityLink tolls and registration and $259,000 for fuel.

MORE than $100,000 a year to run Lord Mayor John So’s chauffeur-driven Holden Caprice, with personalised plates LM000, including the driver’s wages.

$16,440 a year for Deputy Lord Mayor Gary Singer’s Holden Statesman, which he also uses for trips to Morwell, where he has a second home and works at a law firm.

THE other seven councillors claimed $13,280 for “local travel” expenses in the 13 months to December, which covers taxis, parking fees and CityLink tolls.

THE fleet of more than 100 vehicles clocked up 1.9 million kilometres in 12 months, despite the municipality covering only 36.3sq km.

One of the council’s staunchest critics, Anthony van der Craats, said the anti-car crackdown reeked of hypocrisy.

“They should practise what they preach,” he said.

“It’s a bit like a chain-smoker telling others to give up smoking. The Lord Mayor does not need a limo, he can catch a taxi or take public transport.

“It is hypocritical for the council to on one hand advocate citizens give up their cars while at the same time they zealously hold on to their free car park and the Lord Mayor and Deputy Lord Mayor continue to drive council-funded six-cylinder petrol guzzlers.”

Mr van der Craats, who operates a website holding the council to account, called on both to give up their cars.

“If they are sincere about a car-free future then prove it and give up the limos,” he said.

“Stop paying for staff cars as part of their remuneration package and withdraw free car parking.

“Buy them a public transport travel pass. At least they will begin to realise that Melbourne needs more than a $750,000 tourist bus.”

City Hypocrisy exposed Councillors benefit from free parking, free food and free booze whilst ratepayers and commuters foot the bill

The Herald Sun has reported today on some of the cost of hypocrisy that abounds the halls of the City Council.

Whilst the article in the Herald-sun highlights some of the issues surrounding the hypocrisy of the City Council there are still a number of undisclosed issues and expenses that the City Council refuses to release in its ongoing effort to avoid accountability.

The City of Melbourne in addition to paying the out of pocket costs occurred by City Councillors is paying also the personal costs associated with Cr So and Singers use of their Council funded limousines.

The Council is picking up the tab for the costs associated with Cr Singers (Disgraced Councillor without portfolio) private use of his Council funded limousine. Under Australian Taxation requirements and normal circumstances Cr Singer would be required to maintain a drivers log listing the KM and petrol consumption and the purpose of the journey. we understand that Cr Singer does not kept such a log or if he does he has not provided a copy to the City Council. In the absence of a drivers log Cr Singer would be required to prorate private expenses and repay the City Council for that part which is considered private. A similar option existing with Council funded mobile telephones. Again Cr Singer does not rebate the Council for that proportional that is considered private use.

These costs are above and beyond what is authorised by the Local Government Act.

Under the Local Government Act/Regulations the Council can pay the out-of-pocket costs born by Councillors that occurred whilst fulfilling their duties of a Councillor. there is no provision for the Council to pay additional private personal costs. Cr Singer effectively is stealing from ratepayers.

On top of that Councillors and senior staff enjoy other undisclosed financial benefits including free inner city parking, free internal catering and free booze..

The associated costs are not included in the Council’s misleading published expense statements.

The Council does not pay the Fringe Benefits Tax on these perks (Even though they are liable)

When will the City of Melbourne stop ripping off ratepayers and begin to provide honest, open and transparent government? When will it inside the costs associated with the Lord Mayor and Deputy Lord Mayor’s Limousine and costs associated with free parking, internal catering and free booze?

As long as Councillors and Staff continue putting their noses in the trough ratepayers will foot the bill.

Do as I say, not as I drive
Jen Kelly, city editor
07apr06

MELBOURNE City Council has been accused of hypocrisy over its war on cars amid revelations it forks out millions on its own fleet.

The council’s anti-car tactics, including parking fee hikes and a proposed 40km/h CBD limit, are being called into question in light of its addiction to motoring.
Its draft transport strategy calls for bus-only lanes in Queen and Lonsdale streets, priority for trams and huge spending on cyclists.

But the council’s spending on its own cars includes:

$1.4 MILLION for capital costs in 2004-05 for its fleet, including two executive vehicles for new staff.

$828,000 for operating costs in 2004-05, including repairs, accidents, CityLink tolls and registration and $259,000 for fuel.

MORE than $100,000 a year to run Lord Mayor John So’s chauffeur-driven Holden Caprice, with personalised plates LM000, including the driver’s wages.

$16,440 a year for Deputy Lord Mayor Gary Singer’s Holden Statesman, which he also uses for trips to Morwell, where he has a second home and works at a law firm.

THE other seven councillors claimed $13,280 for “local travel” expenses in the 13 months to December, which covers taxis, parking fees and CityLink tolls.

THE fleet of more than 100 vehicles clocked up 1.9 million kilometres in 12 months, despite the municipality covering only 36.3sq km.

One of the council’s staunchest critics, Anthony van der Craats, said the anti-car crackdown reeked of hypocrisy.

“They should practise what they preach,” he said.

“It’s a bit like a chain-smoker telling others to give up smoking. The Lord Mayor does not need a limo, he can catch a taxi or take public transport.

“It is hypocritical for the council to on one hand advocate citizens give up their cars while at the same time they zealously hold on to their free car park and the Lord Mayor and Deputy Lord Mayor continue to drive council-funded six-cylinder petrol guzzlers.”

Mr van der Craats, who operates a website holding the council to account, called on both to give up their cars.

“If they are sincere about a car-free future then prove it and give up the limos,” he said.

“Stop paying for staff cars as part of their remuneration package and withdraw free car parking.

“Buy them a public transport travel pass. At least they will begin to realise that Melbourne needs more than a $750,000 tourist bus.”

Do as I say, not as I drive
Jen Kelly, city editor
07apr06

MELBOURNE City Council has been accused of hypocrisy over its war on cars amid revelations it forks out millions on its own fleet.

The council’s anti-car tactics, including parking fee hikes and a proposed 40km/h CBD limit, are being called into question in light of its addiction to motoring.
Its draft transport strategy calls for bus-only lanes in Queen and Lonsdale streets, priority for trams and huge spending on cyclists.

But the council’s spending on its own cars includes:

$1.4 MILLION for capital costs in 2004-05 for its fleet, including two executive vehicles for new staff.

$828,000 for operating costs in 2004-05, including repairs, accidents, CityLink tolls and registration and $259,000 for fuel.

MORE than $100,000 a year to run Lord Mayor John So’s chauffeur-driven Holden Caprice, with personalised plates LM000, including the driver’s wages.

$16,440 a year for Deputy Lord Mayor Gary Singer’s Holden Statesman, which he also uses for trips to Morwell, where he has a second home and works at a law firm.

THE other seven councillors claimed $13,280 for “local travel” expenses in the 13 months to December, which covers taxis, parking fees and CityLink tolls.

THE fleet of more than 100 vehicles clocked up 1.9 million kilometres in 12 months, despite the municipality covering only 36.3sq km.

One of the council’s staunchest critics, Anthony van der Craats, said the anti-car crackdown reeked of hypocrisy.

“They should practise what they preach,” he said.

“It’s a bit like a chain-smoker telling others to give up smoking. The Lord Mayor does not need a limo, he can catch a taxi or take public transport.

“It is hypocritical for the council to on one hand advocate citizens give up their cars while at the same time they zealously hold on to their free car park and the Lord Mayor and Deputy Lord Mayor continue to drive council-funded six-cylinder petrol guzzlers.”

Mr van der Craats, who operates a website holding the council to account, called on both to give up their cars.

“If they are sincere about a car-free future then prove it and give up the limos,” he said.

“Stop paying for staff cars as part of their remuneration package and withdraw free car parking.

“Buy them a public transport travel pass. At least they will begin to realise that Melbourne needs more than a $750,000 tourist bus.”

Do as I say, not as I drive
Jen Kelly, city editor
07apr06

MELBOURNE City Council has been accused of hypocrisy over its war on cars amid revelations it forks out millions on its own fleet.

The council’s anti-car tactics, including parking fee hikes and a proposed 40km/h CBD limit, are being called into question in light of its addiction to motoring.
Its draft transport strategy calls for bus-only lanes in Queen and Lonsdale streets, priority for trams and huge spending on cyclists.

But the council’s spending on its own cars includes:

$1.4 MILLION for capital costs in 2004-05 for its fleet, including two executive vehicles for new staff.

$828,000 for operating costs in 2004-05, including repairs, accidents, CityLink tolls and registration and $259,000 for fuel.

MORE than $100,000 a year to run Lord Mayor John So’s chauffeur-driven Holden Caprice, with personalised plates LM000, including the driver’s wages.

$16,440 a year for Deputy Lord Mayor Gary Singer’s Holden Statesman, which he also uses for trips to Morwell, where he has a second home and works at a law firm.

THE other seven councillors claimed $13,280 for “local travel” expenses in the 13 months to December, which covers taxis, parking fees and CityLink tolls.

THE fleet of more than 100 vehicles clocked up 1.9 million kilometres in 12 months, despite the municipality covering only 36.3sq km.

One of the council’s staunchest critics, Anthony van der Craats, said the anti-car crackdown reeked of hypocrisy.

“They should practise what they preach,” he said.

“It’s a bit like a chain-smoker telling others to give up smoking. The Lord Mayor does not need a limo, he can catch a taxi or take public transport.

“It is hypocritical for the council to on one hand advocate citizens give up their cars while at the same time they zealously hold on to their free car park and the Lord Mayor and Deputy Lord Mayor continue to drive council-funded six-cylinder petrol guzzlers.”

Mr van der Craats, who operates a website holding the council to account, called on both to give up their cars.

“If they are sincere about a car-free future then prove it and give up the limos,” he said.

“Stop paying for staff cars as part of their remuneration package and withdraw free car parking.

“Buy them a public transport travel pass. At least they will begin to realise that Melbourne needs more than a $750,000 tourist bus.”

Corrupt Practices Missing report: Council Costs behind closed doors

Missing: Report on the of costs of in Bound Missions. Costs associated with Council overseas invitations.


The Melbourne City Council passed a motion back in December requiring the disclosure of costs for Council funded inbound missions. Request for this information was moved by Cr Snedden and the report was due to be made available in March.

Green Cr Fraser Brindley in an attempt to avoid public disclosure and accountability, moved to refer the report to an illegal meeting of Council behind closed doors.

Cr Brindley Fraser replied to our concern about the need to ensure open and transparency disclosure of public expenses. In his reply Cr Fraser gave an undertaking that the report would be made public? Where is it? It was not tabled at the March Finance Committee meeting.

Was it presented and discussed at the Council’s secret Information session meetings?

The Local Government act requires that meetings of Council be held in open session and documents made available for public scrutiny.

The City Council to date has failed to respond or reply to out requests for the disclosure of Council’s expenditure including the cost of the Lord Mayors and Deputy Lord Mayors Limousines, the cost of In-house catering (including the free supply of free booze to Councillors and senior Staff) and the inclusion of a sequential ID number on the Councils Overseas and interstate travel register so as to facilitate the proper audit and probity of the register content limiting the opportunity for fraud, modification, omission and misuse.

Previous inspection of the Council’s Travel register resulted in the identification of thousands of missing dollars from published expense statements, as the Council staff tried to avoid accountability and public disclosure of Staff and Councillor expenses. The City Council continues to be implicated in a conspiracy of silence and aviodance.

The failure to publish the report as requested by Cr Snedden is just another example of the extent that the Council administration is prepared to go to to avoid open and transparent governance leaving it open to misuse and abuse and possible corruption.

The report detailing the full cost of in-bound missions Must be published without delay.






Corrupt Practices Missing report: Council Costs behind closed doors

Missing: Report on the of costs of in Bound Missions. Costs associated with Council overseas invitations.


The Melbourne City Council passed a motion back in December requiring the disclosure of costs for Council funded inbound missions. Request for this information was moved by Cr Snedden and the report was due to be made available in March.

Green Cr Fraser Brindley in an attempt to avoid public disclosure and accountability, moved to refer the report to an illegal meeting of Council behind closed doors.

Cr Brindley Fraser replied to our concern about the need to ensure open and transparency disclosure of public expenses. In his reply Cr Fraser gave an undertaking that the report would be made public? Where is it? It was not tabled at the March Finance Committee meeting.

Was it presented and discussed at the Council’s secret Information session meetings?

The Local Government act requires that meetings of Council be held in open session and documents made available for public scrutiny.

The City Council to date has failed to respond or reply to out requests for the disclosure of Council’s expenditure including the cost of the Lord Mayors and Deputy Lord Mayors Limousines, the cost of In-house catering (including the free supply of free booze to Councillors and senior Staff) and the inclusion of a sequential ID number on the Councils Overseas and interstate travel register so as to facilitate the proper audit and probity of the register content limiting the opportunity for fraud, modification, omission and misuse.

Previous inspection of the Council’s Travel register resulted in the identification of thousands of missing dollars from published expense statements, as the Council staff tried to avoid accountability and public disclosure of Staff and Councillor expenses. The City Council continues to be implicated in a conspiracy of silence and aviodance.

The failure to publish the report as requested by Cr Snedden is just another example of the extent that the Council administration is prepared to go to to avoid open and transparent governance leaving it open to misuse and abuse and possible corruption.

The report detailing the full cost of in-bound missions Must be published without delay.






Corrupt Practices Missing report: Council Costs behind closed doors

Missing: Report on the of costs of in Bound Missions. Costs associated with Council overseas invitations.


The Melbourne City Council passed a motion back in December requiring the disclosure of costs for Council funded inbound missions. Request for this information was moved by Cr Snedden and the report was due to be made available in March.

Green Cr Fraser Brindley in an attempt to avoid public disclosure and accountability, moved to refer the report to an illegal meeting of Council behind closed doors.

Cr Brindley Fraser replied to our concern about the need to ensure open and transparency disclosure of public expenses. In his reply Cr Fraser gave an undertaking that the report would be made public? Where is it? It was not tabled at the March Finance Committee meeting.

Was it presented and discussed at the Council’s secret Information session meetings?

The Local Government act requires that meetings of Council be held in open session and documents made available for public scrutiny.

The City Council to date has failed to respond or reply to out requests for the disclosure of Council’s expenditure including the cost of the Lord Mayors and Deputy Lord Mayors Limousines, the cost of In-house catering (including the free supply of free booze to Councillors and senior Staff) and the inclusion of a sequential ID number on the Councils Overseas and interstate travel register so as to facilitate the proper audit and probity of the register content limiting the opportunity for fraud, modification, omission and misuse.

Previous inspection of the Council’s Travel register resulted in the identification of thousands of missing dollars from published expense statements, as the Council staff tried to avoid accountability and public disclosure of Staff and Councillor expenses. The City Council continues to be implicated in a conspiracy of silence and aviodance.

The failure to publish the report as requested by Cr Snedden is just another example of the extent that the Council administration is prepared to go to to avoid open and transparent governance leaving it open to misuse and abuse and possible corruption.

The report detailing the full cost of in-bound missions Must be published without delay.






John So and Co spend up big 32 Million Dollars spent on Games and $170,000 on free tickets for Councillors, Staff, invitees and hangers-on

John So spends up Big using ratepayers money to fund Councillors, Staff and guests.

The Herald sun reports that the City Council will have spent 32 Million dollars on the Commonwealth Games.

And this is just the tip of the iceberg. Much more had been spent not only by this council but also the previous two Councils including free trips to the Sydney 2000 Olympics, Trips during and after the Manchester games in London and staff have also been spending big visiting various sporting events around the world all attributed to the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games.

If there were Gold medals on offer for the most perks and less then the City Council would be a major contender. No accountability and no shame.

Like pigs with snorts in the trough eating cream.

John So and his fellow Councillors and senior staff have been living a International jet-set playboy like millionaire businessman lifestyle at ratepayers expense. $800.00 a night 5 star accommodation, fist class business travel costing $20,000 a week. Last year the Council spent $400,000 in overseas trips alone.

“Melbourne City Council will spend $170,000 on 728 Games tickets and spots in the lavish, 16-seat hospitality box with most tickets going to hangers-on” reports the Herald Sun

The Melbourne City Council, forever seeking to avoid disclosure and accountability, has consistently refused to release details of invitees, including who will take up 37 opening ceremony tickets costing $590 each with Chinese guests receiving the lions a share of invitations on offer. ( And I thought Hong Kong was no longer part of the Commonwealth)

No one in the Council seams to knows what is going on and or how much it is really costing the City. David Pitchford, Melbourne City Council CEO, reports 21 delegates from Tianjin had accepted invitations, but Cr So last night claimed it was only 12. (Who is telling the truth). Seems like our communist siblings are also into free junkets when they are on offer.

Quarter of a million dollars in contingency funding above and beyond the money already spent and allocated. Council staff will be treated to city accommodation for the Games, costing $13,000. (Don’t they have homes?)

Meanwhile Staff have been distracted from their normal duties with their attention focused on the 2 week Games event next month.

Comments reported in the Herald-sun allude to John So and his fellow Councillors looking to impress in the hope of securing reciprocal invites to the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

John So and the City Council are up for re-election in November 2008 and given the bill they are racking up I doubt if any of them will be re-elected but John is hoping to scam a few more benefits before he hands over the gold chains and robe (We’re still not sure about who owns the possum skin coat)

Meanwhile the City Council continues to avoid full disclosure of the costs associated with internal catering, inbound missions and the cost of the Lord Mayor and Deputy Lord Mayor’s Limousines estimated to be all up costing ratepayers all up over one million dollars a year. It would have to be one of the most corrupt governments in Australia with the amount of money they spend avoiding accountability getting well into the 100’s of thousands of dollars.

The City Council should come clean and publish on it’s internet site a full account of Games expenditure for all to see and let them be the judge if the excesses of our Lord Mayor, Councillors and staff can be justified.

Have no fear if they continue to abuse the system and refuse to publish the information we will make an FoI application and raise this issue again around budget time. The can continue to waste Council’s funds and resources but they will in the end be held to account.

John So and Co spend up big 32 Million Dollars spent on Games and $170,000 on free tickets for Councillors, Staff, invitees and hangers-on

John So spends up Big using ratepayers money to fund Councillors, Staff and guests.

The Herald sun reports that the City Council will have spent 32 Million dollars on the Commonwealth Games.

And this is just the tip of the iceberg. Much more had been spent not only by this council but also the previous two Councils including free trips to the Sydney 2000 Olympics, Trips during and after the Manchester games in London and staff have also been spending big visiting various sporting events around the world all attributed to the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games.

If there were Gold medals on offer for the most perks and less then the City Council would be a major contender. No accountability and no shame.

Like pigs with snorts in the trough eating cream.

John So and his fellow Councillors and senior staff have been living a International jet-set playboy like millionaire businessman lifestyle at ratepayers expense. $800.00 a night 5 star accommodation, fist class business travel costing $20,000 a week. Last year the Council spent $400,000 in overseas trips alone.

“Melbourne City Council will spend $170,000 on 728 Games tickets and spots in the lavish, 16-seat hospitality box with most tickets going to hangers-on” reports the Herald Sun

The Melbourne City Council, forever seeking to avoid disclosure and accountability, has consistently refused to release details of invitees, including who will take up 37 opening ceremony tickets costing $590 each with Chinese guests receiving the lions a share of invitations on offer. ( And I thought Hong Kong was no longer part of the Commonwealth)

No one in the Council seams to knows what is going on and or how much it is really costing the City. David Pitchford, Melbourne City Council CEO, reports 21 delegates from Tianjin had accepted invitations, but Cr So last night claimed it was only 12. (Who is telling the truth). Seems like our communist siblings are also into free junkets when they are on offer.

Quarter of a million dollars in contingency funding above and beyond the money already spent and allocated. Council staff will be treated to city accommodation for the Games, costing $13,000. (Don’t they have homes?)

Meanwhile Staff have been distracted from their normal duties with their attention focused on the 2 week Games event next month.

Comments reported in the Herald-sun allude to John So and his fellow Councillors looking to impress in the hope of securing reciprocal invites to the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

John So and the City Council are up for re-election in November 2008 and given the bill they are racking up I doubt if any of them will be re-elected but John is hoping to scam a few more benefits before he hands over the gold chains and robe (We’re still not sure about who owns the possum skin coat)

Meanwhile the City Council continues to avoid full disclosure of the costs associated with internal catering, inbound missions and the cost of the Lord Mayor and Deputy Lord Mayor’s Limousines estimated to be all up costing ratepayers all up over one million dollars a year. It would have to be one of the most corrupt governments in Australia with the amount of money they spend avoiding accountability getting well into the 100’s of thousands of dollars.

The City Council should come clean and publish on it’s internet site a full account of Games expenditure for all to see and let them be the judge if the excesses of our Lord Mayor, Councillors and staff can be justified.

Have no fear if they continue to abuse the system and refuse to publish the information we will make an FoI application and raise this issue again around budget time. The can continue to waste Council’s funds and resources but they will in the end be held to account.

John So and Co spend up big 32 Million Dollars spent on Games and $170,000 on free tickets for Councillors, Staff, invitees and hangers-on

John So spends up Big using ratepayers money to fund Councillors, Staff and guests.

The Herald sun reports that the City Council will have spent 32 Million dollars on the Commonwealth Games.

And this is just the tip of the iceberg. Much more had been spent not only by this council but also the previous two Councils including free trips to the Sydney 2000 Olympics, Trips during and after the Manchester games in London and staff have also been spending big visiting various sporting events around the world all attributed to the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games.

If there were Gold medals on offer for the most perks and less then the City Council would be a major contender. No accountability and no shame.

Like pigs with snorts in the trough eating cream.

John So and his fellow Councillors and senior staff have been living a International jet-set playboy like millionaire businessman lifestyle at ratepayers expense. $800.00 a night 5 star accommodation, fist class business travel costing $20,000 a week. Last year the Council spent $400,000 in overseas trips alone.

“Melbourne City Council will spend $170,000 on 728 Games tickets and spots in the lavish, 16-seat hospitality box with most tickets going to hangers-on” reports the Herald Sun

The Melbourne City Council, forever seeking to avoid disclosure and accountability, has consistently refused to release details of invitees, including who will take up 37 opening ceremony tickets costing $590 each with Chinese guests receiving the lions a share of invitations on offer. ( And I thought Hong Kong was no longer part of the Commonwealth)

No one in the Council seams to knows what is going on and or how much it is really costing the City. David Pitchford, Melbourne City Council CEO, reports 21 delegates from Tianjin had accepted invitations, but Cr So last night claimed it was only 12. (Who is telling the truth). Seems like our communist siblings are also into free junkets when they are on offer.

Quarter of a million dollars in contingency funding above and beyond the money already spent and allocated. Council staff will be treated to city accommodation for the Games, costing $13,000. (Don’t they have homes?)

Meanwhile Staff have been distracted from their normal duties with their attention focused on the 2 week Games event next month.

Comments reported in the Herald-sun allude to John So and his fellow Councillors looking to impress in the hope of securing reciprocal invites to the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

John So and the City Council are up for re-election in November 2008 and given the bill they are racking up I doubt if any of them will be re-elected but John is hoping to scam a few more benefits before he hands over the gold chains and robe (We’re still not sure about who owns the possum skin coat)

Meanwhile the City Council continues to avoid full disclosure of the costs associated with internal catering, inbound missions and the cost of the Lord Mayor and Deputy Lord Mayor’s Limousines estimated to be all up costing ratepayers all up over one million dollars a year. It would have to be one of the most corrupt governments in Australia with the amount of money they spend avoiding accountability getting well into the 100’s of thousands of dollars.

The City Council should come clean and publish on it’s internet site a full account of Games expenditure for all to see and let them be the judge if the excesses of our Lord Mayor, Councillors and staff can be justified.

Have no fear if they continue to abuse the system and refuse to publish the information we will make an FoI application and raise this issue again around budget time. The can continue to waste Council’s funds and resources but they will in the end be held to account.

Car cost free city Melbourne City Council refuse disclosure and publication of Lord Mayors and Gary Singers car costs

The City of Melbourne Transport policy has been put on hold and will be subject to further community review. The City Council last week releases its transport policy advocating a car free city.

A car fee city that is unless you are the Lord Mayor or Deputy Lord Mayor.

Our City Councillors, who all receive generous subsidies and benefits from the City Council, are required to declare the costs to ratepayers associated with local travel, these costs are published on the Councillor’s quarterly expense statements. That is all councillors except the Lord Mayor, John So and Deputy Lord Mayor Gary Singer.

Both the Lord Mayor and Deputy Lord Mayor are provided with an all expenses paid limousine, the Lord Mayor has a chauffeur and the Deputy Lord Mayor is self-drive.

The Herald Sun in 1994 reported that John So’s Chauffeur was on a salary of over $100,000.00 per year. The overall costs to the Council for the Lord Mayor’s luxury car was around $200,000 a year (including petrol, maintenance, garage and driver) The costs associated with the Deputies car was around $60,000.00 per year.

On Tuesday this week the City of Melbourne including Greens Councillor Fraser Brindley and Committee Chairperson and Labor’s Brian Shanahan, refused to consider a report calling for teh full disclosure of the Lord Mayor and Deputy Lord Mayor limousines be included and published in the Councillor’s expense statements.

Sadly our councillors do not want to be held accountable and continue to go to extraordinary efforts to avoid publication and disclosure of the cost and the true amount paid in subsidies to the Lord Mayor and Councillors. In order to avoid accountability the Council even refused to publish or make available copies of the report and recommendations for public scrutiny.

Hypocrisy is alive and screaming in the City of Melbourne

In the meantime the City of Melbourne continues to advocate a policy of double-taxation for Melbourne’s commuters whist our Lord Mayor, Senior Staff and Councillor’s continue to enjoy the benefits of “free car parking” in the City (cost undisclosed).


And if you thought the Greens were about honest transparent governance and integrity think again.

Greens Councillor Fraser Brindley, who during the last election campaign advocated for the scrapping of the Lord Mayor’s Car remained silent and did nothing to fulfill his promise to the electorate. Cr Fraser is renowned for having advocated illegal closed information sessions to avoid further public disclosure of Council’s expenses.

More soon…

Car cost free city Melbourne City Council refuse disclosure and publication of Lord Mayors and Gary Singers car costs

The City of Melbourne Transport policy has been put on hold and will be subject to further community review. The City Council last week releases its transport policy advocating a car free city.

A car fee city that is unless you are the Lord Mayor or Deputy Lord Mayor.

Our City Councillors, who all receive generous subsidies and benefits from the City Council, are required to declare the costs to ratepayers associated with local travel, these costs are published on the Councillor’s quarterly expense statements. That is all councillors except the Lord Mayor, John So and Deputy Lord Mayor Gary Singer.

Both the Lord Mayor and Deputy Lord Mayor are provided with an all expenses paid limousine, the Lord Mayor has a chauffeur and the Deputy Lord Mayor is self-drive.

The Herald Sun in 1994 reported that John So’s Chauffeur was on a salary of over $100,000.00 per year. The overall costs to the Council for the Lord Mayor’s luxury car was around $200,000 a year (including petrol, maintenance, garage and driver) The costs associated with the Deputies car was around $60,000.00 per year.

On Tuesday this week the City of Melbourne including Greens Councillor Fraser Brindley and Committee Chairperson and Labor’s Brian Shanahan, refused to consider a report calling for teh full disclosure of the Lord Mayor and Deputy Lord Mayor limousines be included and published in the Councillor’s expense statements.

Sadly our councillors do not want to be held accountable and continue to go to extraordinary efforts to avoid publication and disclosure of the cost and the true amount paid in subsidies to the Lord Mayor and Councillors. In order to avoid accountability the Council even refused to publish or make available copies of the report and recommendations for public scrutiny.

Hypocrisy is alive and screaming in the City of Melbourne

In the meantime the City of Melbourne continues to advocate a policy of double-taxation for Melbourne’s commuters whist our Lord Mayor, Senior Staff and Councillor’s continue to enjoy the benefits of “free car parking” in the City (cost undisclosed).


And if you thought the Greens were about honest transparent governance and integrity think again.

Greens Councillor Fraser Brindley, who during the last election campaign advocated for the scrapping of the Lord Mayor’s Car remained silent and did nothing to fulfill his promise to the electorate. Cr Fraser is renowned for having advocated illegal closed information sessions to avoid further public disclosure of Council’s expenses.

More soon…

Car cost free city Melbourne City Council refuse disclosure and publication of Lord Mayors and Gary Singers car costs

The City of Melbourne Transport policy has been put on hold and will be subject to further community review. The City Council last week releases its transport policy advocating a car free city.

A car fee city that is unless you are the Lord Mayor or Deputy Lord Mayor.

Our City Councillors, who all receive generous subsidies and benefits from the City Council, are required to declare the costs to ratepayers associated with local travel, these costs are published on the Councillor’s quarterly expense statements. That is all councillors except the Lord Mayor, John So and Deputy Lord Mayor Gary Singer.

Both the Lord Mayor and Deputy Lord Mayor are provided with an all expenses paid limousine, the Lord Mayor has a chauffeur and the Deputy Lord Mayor is self-drive.

The Herald Sun in 1994 reported that John So’s Chauffeur was on a salary of over $100,000.00 per year. The overall costs to the Council for the Lord Mayor’s luxury car was around $200,000 a year (including petrol, maintenance, garage and driver) The costs associated with the Deputies car was around $60,000.00 per year.

On Tuesday this week the City of Melbourne including Greens Councillor Fraser Brindley and Committee Chairperson and Labor’s Brian Shanahan, refused to consider a report calling for teh full disclosure of the Lord Mayor and Deputy Lord Mayor limousines be included and published in the Councillor’s expense statements.

Sadly our councillors do not want to be held accountable and continue to go to extraordinary efforts to avoid publication and disclosure of the cost and the true amount paid in subsidies to the Lord Mayor and Councillors. In order to avoid accountability the Council even refused to publish or make available copies of the report and recommendations for public scrutiny.

Hypocrisy is alive and screaming in the City of Melbourne

In the meantime the City of Melbourne continues to advocate a policy of double-taxation for Melbourne’s commuters whist our Lord Mayor, Senior Staff and Councillor’s continue to enjoy the benefits of “free car parking” in the City (cost undisclosed).


And if you thought the Greens were about honest transparent governance and integrity think again.

Greens Councillor Fraser Brindley, who during the last election campaign advocated for the scrapping of the Lord Mayor’s Car remained silent and did nothing to fulfill his promise to the electorate. Cr Fraser is renowned for having advocated illegal closed information sessions to avoid further public disclosure of Council’s expenses.

More soon…

Scrap the Limo Help Melbourne become a "Car Free" city. Campaign to scrap the Lord Mayor and Deputy Lord Mayor’s Limousines

Help support our campaign to



The Lord Mayor and our City Councillors should practice what they preach and set an example.

The Melbourne City Council should scrap the Lord Mayor and Deputy Lord Mayor’s Limousine and any council funded staff remuneration package/car lease agreements along with its “free-inner city Council car-park”

Each Councillor and senior staff member could be offered a free public transport pass and/or use of a Council bicycle.

Herald-Sun Poll (Dec 19):
Should ratepayers have to pay for councillors’ cars?
Yes: 32 (4.0%)
No: 768 (96.0%)

Write to the City of Melbourne and express your views.

The Lord Mayor and Councillor’s
City of Melbourne
Swanston Street
Melbourne Victoria 3000

Scrap the Limo Help Melbourne become a “Car Free” city. Campaign to scrap the Lord Mayor and Deputy Lord Mayor’s Limousines

Help support our campaign to



The Lord Mayor and our City Councillors should practice what they preach and set an example.

The Melbourne City Council should scrap the Lord Mayor and Deputy Lord Mayor’s Limousine and any council funded staff remuneration package/car lease agreements along with its “free-inner city Council car-park”

Each Councillor and senior staff member could be offered a free public transport pass and/or use of a Council bicycle.

Herald-Sun Poll (Dec 19):
Should ratepayers have to pay for councillors’ cars?
Yes: 32 (4.0%)
No: 768 (96.0%)

Write to the City of Melbourne and express your views.

The Lord Mayor and Councillor’s
City of Melbourne
Swanston Street
Melbourne Victoria 3000