Councillors off to China on a junket

Melbourne City Councilors Ken Ong (Liberal) and Richard Foster (ALP) are both off to China in ongoing rounds of overseas Junkets, although Richard Foster, who was elected with the support of RESIDENTS FIRST:STOP THE RATES RIP-OFF!, claims the China Trip is not a Junket.Foster’s name was kept secrete from teh original report which listed Cr Ong plus one other City Council. It is unkown if the other was a draw from the hat but the City of Melbourne needed to bring Richard Foster under the spell and umbrella of junkets and overseas in-house trips rewards system.

Lord Mayor Robert Doyle who  recently traveled to London on a $10,000 junket to discuss Policing in Capital Cities (Unlike London Melbourne has no role in policing which is the responsibility of State Government) is off to New York later this month on what is widely seen as another junket and breach of the Lord Mayor’s previous electon undertaking to not go on a junket.

Free from this obligation, Robert Doyle claims that the No junkets policy was made in the previous election and does not apply to his election in 2012, Robert Doyle’s of the view that he has earned the right to travel around the world at Councils expense.

If it looks like a junket, sounds like a junket

It is a Junket

Lord Mayor Robert Doyle is off to London to give a 45 minute “Keynote Speech” at the inaugural  Policing Global Cities Conference on July 9. Robert Doyle is one of a number of City Mayors invited to mingle with Mayor of London, Boris Johnson who opens the conference on the day before

International conferences are big business and there are a number of organisations popping-up offering a variety of events at exotic international locations for every sector.

Robert Doyle, who had previously campaigned on a “No junket” platform, has abandoned his promise yet again and has sought rate payer funding to attend the two day event costing over $15,000.  The costs are partly funded by the City of London event organisers who are making a contribution to Robert Doyle’s airfare travel ($4,700) and providing free accommodation. The City of Melbourne picking up the remaining costs.

Last night the City Council approved the allocation of an additional $6,000 towards the cost of Robert Doyle’s airfare plus $1,720 for an additional two days accommodation  and a further $1,800 expenses and incidentals.

The proposed overseas travel was approved by all Councillors including the Lord Mayor and the Deputy Lord Mayor except Councillor Jackie Watts who rightly questioned the value of the trip to the City.

No doubt those Councillors who approved the junket are expecting they too will be given an all expenses overseas paid holiday to “represent the City” Greens Councillor Cathy Oak regularly travels to an ICLEI Conferences twice a year and managed to talk the City Council to fund the costs associated with ICLEI 3rd party executive costs. (Will Greens Cr Rohan Leppert apply to attend a Global Occupy protest event in New York or London in the not too distant future)

In accordance with the City of Melbourne “Staff and Councillors travel policy” the Lord Mayor CEO and Directors may travel Business Class

A quick look at the going price for an airfare from Melbourne to London  on July 5 shows the list price of travel to cost up to  $12,000 with China Southern Airways and Singapore Airways being the cheapest at $7462 and $8879 respectively.  The cost of economy travel is less than $2000.  Looks like the Melbourne City Council approved Travel agent is making a hefty profit on the deal.

The costs even cheaper had the City of Melbourne booked the flight earlier.  Robert Doyle has known about the planed trip as far back as February this year and had only just decided to seek Council approval at the least minute

The City of Melbourne “you scratch my back”  travel opportunities, with an international travel bill exceeding 1 milllion dollars a year, is the envy of all Victorian Local Governments

The City ratepayers also pick up the tab for inbound travel of those invitees invited to visit Melbourne. Reverse hospitality. Strangely, but not unexpected, the City of Melbourne keeps the names of inbound travel recipients a secret in its published travel register for fear of someone joing the dots.

The Greater City of London covers a much larger population and area of administration. It also has its own police force (affectionately referred to as Bobbies). Melbourne on the pother hand is much smaller a few square Kms,the size of a British borough, concentrated on the City Centre. Melbourne City Council has no policing powers other then small fleet of by-laws officers and fleet of security guards. Policing in Melbourne is the responsibility of the State Government not the City of Melbourne

Big Fish Seeking a Bigger Pond

Updated:

Maverick Councillor Steven Mayne in his first motion before the Council calling on the City of Melbourne subscribe to the Municipal Association of Victoria and that he be appointed the Council’s representative to the association.  A move that will costs Ratepayers in excess of $33,169. (Money that was not included in the 2012-2013 City Budget and the recommendation even bypassed Council’s Finance Committee

Councillor Mayne has been given chair of governance and finance and even more disturbing Greens Councillor Rohan Leppert Deputy Chair.  

Carlton ALP member, Cr Richard Foster was denied an economic portfolio and has been sidelined by being allocated Transport and People City. 

In another hidden appointment Greens Councillor Cathy Oake was reappointed as the Council’s nominee to International Council for Local Environment Initiatives (ICLEI) and it’s Oceania Regional Executive Committee .  What is of greater concern is that the City of Melbourne is picking up Councillor Oake’s expenses.  The costs include numerous international trips and junkets to attend ICLEI’s executive meetings – each flight generating enough green house gases generated by a family in year. Why they can not just telecommute is any ones guess, ICELI is more about junkets and marketing than the environment. The Enviro Fest Travel set.

There are ongoing concerns and questions asked as to why the Council is picking up the tab for a third party organisations executive costs and why these costs are not being paid for by the association itself.    Similar concerns were raised with expenses related to former Green Crs David Risstrom and Fraser Brindley. No doubts this is part of the Council’s inducement and payouts of Councillor appointments.  You scratch my back and I will scratch yours.

A tell-tale sign of the Greens true committement towards the environment is the failure of the Greens to take on Waste Management in the City.  Newly elected Greens Counicllor Rohan Leppert prefering instead to chair the socialite portfolio of Arts and Culture. Waste Management and the Environment come a distant second on the Greens portfolio list unless there is a junket or two.

The Council’s all-up “Future Melbourne” committee structure is designed to distract councillors from the real game and to lock out community representation. Smoke and Mirrors.  Most decisions are  held behind closed doors and made under “delegation”. 

There is no clear structure or reporting on what decisions have been  made in the name of the council.  There is no published public register of delegations or even the need to report on decisions made under delegations, all of which should be readily available on the council’s web site.

The newly elected Council failed to review the delegation lists. If the public don’t know what delegations are in place what confidence can we have that the elected Council knows what decisions have been delegated.  The signing of a blank check with little to no accountability.

Council has made a small micro step towards Council becoming more open to the public.  Meetings will now commence at 5:30PM not 5:00PM as was previously the case.  This still locks out most community input. 

The holding of council meetings on Tuesdays means they miss the local media deadlines and there still is no single local media outlet that covers the entire City.  South of the Yarra is ignored and forgotten as are most of the local precincts.

The City Council made no effort towards  establishing net-casting of Council meetings, something that in today’s technological world should be already in place by now. When it comes to information about governance the Council’s web site has little to offer is is under utilised. Teh guiding principle is do as little as possible and nmo more then is required under legilsation

The published Councillor expense statements do not show the full picture with many costs, payments and benefits afforded Councillors hidden from public view. 

Our City council will go to any extent to avoid disclosure and accountability. Nothing has changed and the newly elected council looks set to maintain the established tradition. Maybe Stephen Mayne will address this issue but I would not be holding my breath.  I doubt open and transparency is on his agenda.

Big Fish Seeking a Bigger Pond

Updated:

Maverick Councillor Steven Mayne in his first motion before the Council calling on the City of Melbourne subscribe to the Municipal Association of Victoria and that he be appointed the Council’s representative to the association.  A move that will costs Ratepayers in excess of $33,169. (Money that was not included in the 2012-2013 City Budget and the recommendation even bypassed Council’s Finance Committee

Councillor Mayne has been given chair of governance and finance and even more disturbing Greens Councillor Rohan Leppert Deputy Chair.  

Carlton ALP member, Cr Richard Foster was denied an economic portfolio and has been sidelined by being allocated Transport and People City. 

In another hidden appointment Greens Councillor Cathy Oake was reappointed as the Council’s nominee to International Council for Local Environment Initiatives (ICLEI) and it’s Oceania Regional Executive Committee .  What is of greater concern is that the City of Melbourne is picking up Councillor Oake’s expenses.  The costs include numerous international trips and junkets to attend ICLEI’s executive meetings – each flight generating enough green house gases generated by a family in year. Why they can not just telecommute is any ones guess, ICELI is more about junkets and marketing than the environment. The Enviro Fest Travel set.

There are ongoing concerns and questions asked as to why the Council is picking up the tab for a third party organisations executive costs and why these costs are not being paid for by the association itself.    Similar concerns were raised with expenses related to former Green Crs David Risstrom and Fraser Brindley. No doubts this is part of the Council’s inducement and payouts of Councillor appointments.  You scratch my back and I will scratch yours.

A tell-tale sign of the Greens true committement towards the environment is the failure of the Greens to take on Waste Management in the City.  Newly elected Greens Counicllor Rohan Leppert prefering instead to chair the socialite portfolio of Arts and Culture. Waste Management and the Environment come a distant second on the Greens portfolio list unless there is a junket or two.

The Council’s all-up “Future Melbourne” committee structure is designed to distract councillors from the real game and to lock out community representation. Smoke and Mirrors.  Most decisions are  held behind closed doors and made under “delegation”. 

There is no clear structure or reporting on what decisions have been  made in the name of the council.  There is no published public register of delegations or even the need to report on decisions made under delegations, all of which should be readily available on the council’s web site.

The newly elected Council failed to review the delegation lists. If the public don’t know what delegations are in place what confidence can we have that the elected Council knows what decisions have been delegated.  The signing of a blank check with little to no accountability.

Council has made a small micro step towards Council becoming more open to the public.  Meetings will now commence at 5:30PM not 5:00PM as was previously the case.  This still locks out most community input. 

The holding of council meetings on Tuesdays means they miss the local media deadlines and there still is no single local media outlet that covers the entire City.  South of the Yarra is ignored and forgotten as are most of the local precincts.

The City Council made no effort towards  establishing net-casting of Council meetings, something that in today’s technological world should be already in place by now. When it comes to information about governance the Council’s web site has little to offer is is under utilised. Teh guiding principle is do as little as possible and nmo more then is required under legilsation

The published Councillor expense statements do not show the full picture with many costs, payments and benefits afforded Councillors hidden from public view. 

Our City council will go to any extent to avoid disclosure and accountability. Nothing has changed and the newly elected council looks set to maintain the established tradition. Maybe Stephen Mayne will address this issue but I would not be holding my breath.  I doubt open and transparency is on his agenda.

Town hall globetrotters (Revisited)

22 Feb 10 @ 01:31pm by Hamish Heard

HAVE YOUR SAY: Town hall globetrotters

Anyone home? Melbourne City Council staffers and councillors are often out of town.

GLOBE trotting Melbourne councillors and Town Hall staffers last year enjoyed more than 200 interstate and overseas trips.

The council’s travel register reveals councillors took 20 trips in 2009, eclipsing the eight taken the previous year under then Lord Mayor John So.

Council officers also caught the travel bug, flying interstate or overseas 184 times costing ratepayers well over $200,000.

>> Do councillors travel too much? Have your say below.

The sky-high figures came despite a pre-election pledge from Lord Mayor Robert Doyle to clamp down on councillor junkets.

“I may take the occasional trip to Frankston,” Cr Doyle told reporters leading up to the November 2008 election.

But council documents show the Lord Mayor featured prominently on the list of frequent flyers, clocking up trips to Denmark, England and Singapore as well as three trips to Sydney and four to Canberra.

While his domestic travels cost nearly $10,000 (an average of $1637 for each night spent interstate), Cr Doyle has refused to supply details of his December jaunts to London and Denmark for climate talks.

Details for Cr Doyle’s entourage, including chief of staff Alister Paterson and adviser Amelia Bitsis, were also being kept secret despite Greens Cr Cathy Oke declaring her expenses for the same trip at $3752.

Pre-trip estimates predicted the Copenhagen summit would cost ratepayers $61,000.

Cr Doyle refused to answer Melbourne Leader questions about why councillors and staffers had taken half as many trips in the first year of his term as they did during the entire four-year term under his predecessor.

“The Lord Mayor won’t be responding to any of the travel questions,” a Town Hall spokeswoman said.

Cr Peter Clarke had the biggest travel bill of all councillors who chose to declare their expenses, courtesy of a $20,000, seven-day fact-finding mission to the US.

Cr Oke spent the most time abroad, with 26 days in countries including Denmark, Canada, the US and South Korea.

Her expenses were $15,845, which she said helped Melbourne keep pace with sustainability.

Town hall globetrotters (Revisited)

22 Feb 10 @ 01:31pm by Hamish Heard

HAVE YOUR SAY: Town hall globetrotters

Anyone home? Melbourne City Council staffers and councillors are often out of town.

GLOBE trotting Melbourne councillors and Town Hall staffers last year enjoyed more than 200 interstate and overseas trips.

The council’s travel register reveals councillors took 20 trips in 2009, eclipsing the eight taken the previous year under then Lord Mayor John So.

Council officers also caught the travel bug, flying interstate or overseas 184 times costing ratepayers well over $200,000.

>> Do councillors travel too much? Have your say below.

The sky-high figures came despite a pre-election pledge from Lord Mayor Robert Doyle to clamp down on councillor junkets.

“I may take the occasional trip to Frankston,” Cr Doyle told reporters leading up to the November 2008 election.

But council documents show the Lord Mayor featured prominently on the list of frequent flyers, clocking up trips to Denmark, England and Singapore as well as three trips to Sydney and four to Canberra.

While his domestic travels cost nearly $10,000 (an average of $1637 for each night spent interstate), Cr Doyle has refused to supply details of his December jaunts to London and Denmark for climate talks.

Details for Cr Doyle’s entourage, including chief of staff Alister Paterson and adviser Amelia Bitsis, were also being kept secret despite Greens Cr Cathy Oke declaring her expenses for the same trip at $3752.

Pre-trip estimates predicted the Copenhagen summit would cost ratepayers $61,000.

Cr Doyle refused to answer Melbourne Leader questions about why councillors and staffers had taken half as many trips in the first year of his term as they did during the entire four-year term under his predecessor.

“The Lord Mayor won’t be responding to any of the travel questions,” a Town Hall spokeswoman said.

Cr Peter Clarke had the biggest travel bill of all councillors who chose to declare their expenses, courtesy of a $20,000, seven-day fact-finding mission to the US.

Cr Oke spent the most time abroad, with 26 days in countries including Denmark, Canada, the US and South Korea.

Her expenses were $15,845, which she said helped Melbourne keep pace with sustainability.

Town hall globetrotters (Revisited)

22 Feb 10 @ 01:31pm by Hamish Heard

HAVE YOUR SAY: Town hall globetrotters

Anyone home? Melbourne City Council staffers and councillors are often out of town.

GLOBE trotting Melbourne councillors and Town Hall staffers last year enjoyed more than 200 interstate and overseas trips.

The council’s travel register reveals councillors took 20 trips in 2009, eclipsing the eight taken the previous year under then Lord Mayor John So.

Council officers also caught the travel bug, flying interstate or overseas 184 times costing ratepayers well over $200,000.

>> Do councillors travel too much? Have your say below.

The sky-high figures came despite a pre-election pledge from Lord Mayor Robert Doyle to clamp down on councillor junkets.

“I may take the occasional trip to Frankston,” Cr Doyle told reporters leading up to the November 2008 election.

But council documents show the Lord Mayor featured prominently on the list of frequent flyers, clocking up trips to Denmark, England and Singapore as well as three trips to Sydney and four to Canberra.

While his domestic travels cost nearly $10,000 (an average of $1637 for each night spent interstate), Cr Doyle has refused to supply details of his December jaunts to London and Denmark for climate talks.

Details for Cr Doyle’s entourage, including chief of staff Alister Paterson and adviser Amelia Bitsis, were also being kept secret despite Greens Cr Cathy Oke declaring her expenses for the same trip at $3752.

Pre-trip estimates predicted the Copenhagen summit would cost ratepayers $61,000.

Cr Doyle refused to answer Melbourne Leader questions about why councillors and staffers had taken half as many trips in the first year of his term as they did during the entire four-year term under his predecessor.

“The Lord Mayor won’t be responding to any of the travel questions,” a Town Hall spokeswoman said.

Cr Peter Clarke had the biggest travel bill of all councillors who chose to declare their expenses, courtesy of a $20,000, seven-day fact-finding mission to the US.

Cr Oke spent the most time abroad, with 26 days in countries including Denmark, Canada, the US and South Korea.

Her expenses were $15,845, which she said helped Melbourne keep pace with sustainability.

If it looks like a junket and costs like a junket then it is a junket.

Robert Doyle is keen to take a $61,000 junket to Denmark to meet princess Mary.

The 5 day envirofest will cost Melbournians $2,000 a day per person. Whilst Robert Doyle tries to claim that the trip is not a junket and that it will deleiver “tanable” benefits to the city. He failed to outline exatcly what these benefits were and why the City of melbourne needs to fund four people to join in on the junketfest. Greens Councillor Cathy Oke is keen to be included on the invitee list.

No junkets’ lord mayor packs his bags for trips
JASON DOWLING
November 3, 2009

LORD Mayor Robert Doyle will take two overseas trips in the next six weeks – a year after promising to end foreign junkets for Melbourne City councillors.

Cr Doyle will lead a party of four to the Copenhagen Climate Change conference next month at a cost to ratepayers of $61,000.

He will also attend a World Bank summit in Singapore in a week’s time that has been paid for by the World Bank.

When he was elected last year, Cr Doyle made it clear he would focus on Melbourne and ruled out overseas junkets.

”It’s a good commitment for me to make personally and to say to my councillors that they should be making no junkets,” he said in November. ”I may take the occasional day trip to Frankston … I think we know what the problems are here. My job is to stay here and work on the solutions.”

Cr Doyle said yesterday his decision to head overseas did not break his election promise because his trips were not junkets.

Referring to the Copenhagen visit, he said: ”It is not a wasted trip, it is not for personal pleasure.

”It is to bring something home for Melbourne and to take us to the table of world discussion on perhaps the most important economic, social and environmental question before us, that of climate change.”

Cr Doyle’s decision to go to Copenhagen comes after campaigning to return cars to Swanston Street, criticising tram super-stops and supporting handing Yarra Park to the MCG.

He has also championed retrofitting city buildings to make them more sustainable and reduce their carbon footprint.

The Age revealed last month that Melbourne City Council has little chance of achieving its greenhouse gas emissions target by 2010 and may buy carbon offsets to meet the goal.

The Lord Mayor’s $61,000 trip also comes just months after the council increased the cost of parking in the city to raise funds.

Cr Doyle said he decided to announce the trips on the eve of the Melbourne Cup because the decision had just been made.

He said the council would need to approve the Copenhagen trip at a meeting on November 17, but added that his fellow councillors supported the trip.

He said it was important that Melbourne was represented at Copenhagen.

”It is such an important forum. The world leaders will be in Copenhagen and we have a generous invitation from the Mayor of Copenhagen … ”Our aim is to have cities recognised in the new agreement. Cities contribute 75 per cent of the emissions … the problem lies with cities, solutions lie with cities.”

Cr Doyle’s trip will not be the first for a councillor this year. Greens councillor Cathy Oke travelled to Canada and the US in June at a cost of $9691.

Cr Oke said she supported Cr Doyle’s trip to Copenhagen.

”I think it is incredibly important that he goes,” she said.

She said 100 mayors from around the world had been invited but only two from Australia, Cr Doyle and Clover Moore from Sydney

If it looks like a junket and costs like a junket then it is a junket.

Robert Doyle is keen to take a $61,000 junket to Denmark to meet princess Mary.

The 5 day envirofest will cost Melbournians $2,000 a day per person. Whilst Robert Doyle tries to claim that the trip is not a junket and that it will deleiver “tanable” benefits to the city. He failed to outline exatcly what these benefits were and why the City of melbourne needs to fund four people to join in on the junketfest. Greens Councillor Cathy Oke is keen to be included on the invitee list.

No junkets’ lord mayor packs his bags for trips
JASON DOWLING
November 3, 2009

LORD Mayor Robert Doyle will take two overseas trips in the next six weeks – a year after promising to end foreign junkets for Melbourne City councillors.

Cr Doyle will lead a party of four to the Copenhagen Climate Change conference next month at a cost to ratepayers of $61,000.

He will also attend a World Bank summit in Singapore in a week’s time that has been paid for by the World Bank.

When he was elected last year, Cr Doyle made it clear he would focus on Melbourne and ruled out overseas junkets.

”It’s a good commitment for me to make personally and to say to my councillors that they should be making no junkets,” he said in November. ”I may take the occasional day trip to Frankston … I think we know what the problems are here. My job is to stay here and work on the solutions.”

Cr Doyle said yesterday his decision to head overseas did not break his election promise because his trips were not junkets.

Referring to the Copenhagen visit, he said: ”It is not a wasted trip, it is not for personal pleasure.

”It is to bring something home for Melbourne and to take us to the table of world discussion on perhaps the most important economic, social and environmental question before us, that of climate change.”

Cr Doyle’s decision to go to Copenhagen comes after campaigning to return cars to Swanston Street, criticising tram super-stops and supporting handing Yarra Park to the MCG.

He has also championed retrofitting city buildings to make them more sustainable and reduce their carbon footprint.

The Age revealed last month that Melbourne City Council has little chance of achieving its greenhouse gas emissions target by 2010 and may buy carbon offsets to meet the goal.

The Lord Mayor’s $61,000 trip also comes just months after the council increased the cost of parking in the city to raise funds.

Cr Doyle said he decided to announce the trips on the eve of the Melbourne Cup because the decision had just been made.

He said the council would need to approve the Copenhagen trip at a meeting on November 17, but added that his fellow councillors supported the trip.

He said it was important that Melbourne was represented at Copenhagen.

”It is such an important forum. The world leaders will be in Copenhagen and we have a generous invitation from the Mayor of Copenhagen … ”Our aim is to have cities recognised in the new agreement. Cities contribute 75 per cent of the emissions … the problem lies with cities, solutions lie with cities.”

Cr Doyle’s trip will not be the first for a councillor this year. Greens councillor Cathy Oke travelled to Canada and the US in June at a cost of $9691.

Cr Oke said she supported Cr Doyle’s trip to Copenhagen.

”I think it is incredibly important that he goes,” she said.

She said 100 mayors from around the world had been invited but only two from Australia, Cr Doyle and Clover Moore from Sydney

If it looks like a junket and costs like a junket then it is a junket.

Robert Doyle is keen to take a $61,000 junket to Denmark to meet princess Mary.

The 5 day envirofest will cost Melbournians $2,000 a day per person. Whilst Robert Doyle tries to claim that the trip is not a junket and that it will deleiver “tanable” benefits to the city. He failed to outline exatcly what these benefits were and why the City of melbourne needs to fund four people to join in on the junketfest. Greens Councillor Cathy Oke is keen to be included on the invitee list.

No junkets’ lord mayor packs his bags for trips
JASON DOWLING
November 3, 2009

LORD Mayor Robert Doyle will take two overseas trips in the next six weeks – a year after promising to end foreign junkets for Melbourne City councillors.

Cr Doyle will lead a party of four to the Copenhagen Climate Change conference next month at a cost to ratepayers of $61,000.

He will also attend a World Bank summit in Singapore in a week’s time that has been paid for by the World Bank.

When he was elected last year, Cr Doyle made it clear he would focus on Melbourne and ruled out overseas junkets.

”It’s a good commitment for me to make personally and to say to my councillors that they should be making no junkets,” he said in November. ”I may take the occasional day trip to Frankston … I think we know what the problems are here. My job is to stay here and work on the solutions.”

Cr Doyle said yesterday his decision to head overseas did not break his election promise because his trips were not junkets.

Referring to the Copenhagen visit, he said: ”It is not a wasted trip, it is not for personal pleasure.

”It is to bring something home for Melbourne and to take us to the table of world discussion on perhaps the most important economic, social and environmental question before us, that of climate change.”

Cr Doyle’s decision to go to Copenhagen comes after campaigning to return cars to Swanston Street, criticising tram super-stops and supporting handing Yarra Park to the MCG.

He has also championed retrofitting city buildings to make them more sustainable and reduce their carbon footprint.

The Age revealed last month that Melbourne City Council has little chance of achieving its greenhouse gas emissions target by 2010 and may buy carbon offsets to meet the goal.

The Lord Mayor’s $61,000 trip also comes just months after the council increased the cost of parking in the city to raise funds.

Cr Doyle said he decided to announce the trips on the eve of the Melbourne Cup because the decision had just been made.

He said the council would need to approve the Copenhagen trip at a meeting on November 17, but added that his fellow councillors supported the trip.

He said it was important that Melbourne was represented at Copenhagen.

”It is such an important forum. The world leaders will be in Copenhagen and we have a generous invitation from the Mayor of Copenhagen … ”Our aim is to have cities recognised in the new agreement. Cities contribute 75 per cent of the emissions … the problem lies with cities, solutions lie with cities.”

Cr Doyle’s trip will not be the first for a councillor this year. Greens councillor Cathy Oke travelled to Canada and the US in June at a cost of $9691.

Cr Oke said she supported Cr Doyle’s trip to Copenhagen.

”I think it is incredibly important that he goes,” she said.

She said 100 mayors from around the world had been invited but only two from Australia, Cr Doyle and Clover Moore from Sydney