Lord Mayor’s Aide Milks Benefits Kevin Louey’s "Love Child" visits to China financed by Council

Kevin Louey, The Lord Mayor’s Chief of Staff, has been caught out using gifts to the City and Council funded trips to visit his love child in China

Louey has made more trips to China then any other member of staff and more then the Lord Mayor himself


Recent reports in the Herald Sun have exposed the founding of Louey’s travels. It is understood that Keven Louey’s has a child in China and is using Council related trips to visit his family and support his business connections in China.

A review of the Council’s travel register should outline all the overseas trips undertaken by the Lord Mayors aide. Under the terms of the Local Government Act all Councillors and members of staff must declare any interstate and overseas travel undertaken whether the trip is privately funded or paid for by the City Council or third party.

There is ongoing concern that the Travel Register may not be accurate and may not include all overseas staff travel. A review of Kevin Louey’s Council funded mobile telephone bill should be able to confirm when and where the Lord Mayors Chief of Staff has left the country and whether or not the Council’s travel registry has, as required by law, disclosed the nature of the trip

The other question that needs to be ask was John So aware of his staff rorting the system and if So what steps has he taken to report and stop this abuse?

It is incumbent on the Minister for Local Government to investigate these allegations further and to act accordingly to reassure the public that Kevin Louey has not misused and abused his position as the Lord Mayor’s Chief of Staff and possible breachs of the provisions of the Local Government Act.

Lord Mayor’s Aide Milks Benefits Kevin Louey’s "Love Child" visits to China financed by Council

Kevin Louey, The Lord Mayor’s Chief of Staff, has been caught out using gifts to the City and Council funded trips to visit his love child in China

Louey has made more trips to China then any other member of staff and more then the Lord Mayor himself


Recent reports in the Herald Sun have exposed the founding of Louey’s travels. It is understood that Keven Louey’s has a child in China and is using Council related trips to visit his family and support his business connections in China.

A review of the Council’s travel register should outline all the overseas trips undertaken by the Lord Mayors aide. Under the terms of the Local Government Act all Councillors and members of staff must declare any interstate and overseas travel undertaken whether the trip is privately funded or paid for by the City Council or third party.

There is ongoing concern that the Travel Register may not be accurate and may not include all overseas staff travel. A review of Kevin Louey’s Council funded mobile telephone bill should be able to confirm when and where the Lord Mayors Chief of Staff has left the country and whether or not the Council’s travel registry has, as required by law, disclosed the nature of the trip

The other question that needs to be ask was John So aware of his staff rorting the system and if So what steps has he taken to report and stop this abuse?

It is incumbent on the Minister for Local Government to investigate these allegations further and to act accordingly to reassure the public that Kevin Louey has not misused and abused his position as the Lord Mayor’s Chief of Staff and possible breachs of the provisions of the Local Government Act.

Lord Mayor’s Aide Milks Benefits Kevin Louey’s “Love Child” visits to China financed by Council

Kevin Louey, The Lord Mayor’s Chief of Staff, has been caught out using gifts to the City and Council funded trips to visit his love child in China

Louey has made more trips to China then any other member of staff and more then the Lord Mayor himself


Recent reports in the Herald Sun have exposed the founding of Louey’s travels. It is understood that Keven Louey’s has a child in China and is using Council related trips to visit his family and support his business connections in China.

A review of the Council’s travel register should outline all the overseas trips undertaken by the Lord Mayors aide. Under the terms of the Local Government Act all Councillors and members of staff must declare any interstate and overseas travel undertaken whether the trip is privately funded or paid for by the City Council or third party.

There is ongoing concern that the Travel Register may not be accurate and may not include all overseas staff travel. A review of Kevin Louey’s Council funded mobile telephone bill should be able to confirm when and where the Lord Mayors Chief of Staff has left the country and whether or not the Council’s travel registry has, as required by law, disclosed the nature of the trip

The other question that needs to be ask was John So aware of his staff rorting the system and if So what steps has he taken to report and stop this abuse?

It is incumbent on the Minister for Local Government to investigate these allegations further and to act accordingly to reassure the public that Kevin Louey has not misused and abused his position as the Lord Mayor’s Chief of Staff and possible breachs of the provisions of the Local Government Act.

Lord Mayor’s Aide Milks Benefits Kevin Louey’s “Love Child” visits to China financed by Council

Kevin Louey, The Lord Mayor’s Chief of Staff, has been caught out using gifts to the City and Council funded trips to visit his love child in China

Louey has made more trips to China then any other member of staff and more then the Lord Mayor himself


Recent reports in the Herald Sun have exposed the founding of Louey’s travels. It is understood that Keven Louey’s has a child in China and is using Council related trips to visit his family and support his business connections in China.

A review of the Council’s travel register should outline all the overseas trips undertaken by the Lord Mayors aide. Under the terms of the Local Government Act all Councillors and members of staff must declare any interstate and overseas travel undertaken whether the trip is privately funded or paid for by the City Council or third party.

There is ongoing concern that the Travel Register may not be accurate and may not include all overseas staff travel. A review of Kevin Louey’s Council funded mobile telephone bill should be able to confirm when and where the Lord Mayors Chief of Staff has left the country and whether or not the Council’s travel registry has, as required by law, disclosed the nature of the trip

The other question that needs to be ask was John So aware of his staff rorting the system and if So what steps has he taken to report and stop this abuse?

It is incumbent on the Minister for Local Government to investigate these allegations further and to act accordingly to reassure the public that Kevin Louey has not misused and abused his position as the Lord Mayor’s Chief of Staff and possible breachs of the provisions of the Local Government Act.

City rents luxury apartments for staff to experience the high life devoid of reality John So and Co demonstrate they have no control

More extra-ordinary revelations exposed about the mismanagement of the Melbourne City Council under the governance of John So and co.

How long can the City administration continue to go on unchecked and without accountability.

The list of mismanagement and waste is never ending as the City Council shows that it has lost all touch of reality and is out of control. John So and co continue to demonstrate that they have no idea how to manage the affairs of the City adding to concern that direct election of Lord Mayor does not deliver good governance. Spring Street must be beginning to wonder if it did the right thing when it adopted a direct election model. It is time the City Council and its representative structure is subjected to a serious review. Hopefully this will take place as soon as the State election in November is over and Victoria appoints a Local Government Minister that takes a serious look at the structure of the Melbourne City Council and its boundaries.

Its time to reconsider amalgamations and a greater Melbourne City Council. One that is professional and representative.

MCC luxury rent plan cops blustein Kelly, city editor

August 12, 2006 12:00am

LOCAL residents are outraged that Melbourne City Council investigated renting an apartment on the Docklands waterfront so staff could “experience life” at the precinct.

City chief executive David Pitchford this week confirmed he discussed the possibility with prominent Docklands developer MAB Corporation.

Mr Pitchford said he thought “it may be a good idea to possibly give City of Melbourne staff a chance to experience life at Docklands”.

The plan was for staff to “get to know Docklands better” by staying in a serviced apartment before the council regains control of the suburb from the State Government next July 1.

While the deal did not proceed, residents are furious the city considered wasting ratepayers’ money on the exercise.

And former lord mayor Kevin Chamberlin called on the council to instead rent a unit in a high-rise Carlton housing estate to learn about city issues.

Docklands is only five minutes by tram from Melbourne Town Hall.

Mr Pitchford said “the level of detail of who was going to stay, and for how long, was not considered”.

He said the only discussion in relation to payment was that the City of Melbourne would have paid whatever the market rate was.

“This was simply an idea I floated. We have now decided not to proceed with this idea.”

Mab’s prices range from $1120 a week for a one-bedroom serviced apartment to $2300 a week for three bedrooms.

Mr Chamberlin said it was clearly an inappropriate use of ratepayers’ money.

“It’s clear the Melbourne City Council has lost contact with the electorate to come up with crazy ideas like this,” he said.

“If the council really wants to know how inner Melbourne works, they’d be better off renting an apartment in a high-rise housing estate in Carlton.

“Then they’d have unsurpassed views over the City of Melbourne, not like the Docklands where you have unsurpassed views over adjoining municipalities.”

Southbank Residents Group president Joe Bagnara hit out at the idea, saying council staff should instead visit by day and take the free city circle tram.

“It’s incomprehensible. They’re away with the fairies on occasion. They could get on the city circle tram and it wouldn’t cost anything at all,” he said.

“Maybe they need to go have a look at their upcoming liability, because Docklands is going to be a liability.

“But they don’t need to spend a month down there. A day-and-a-half would be enough.”

City rents luxury apartments for staff to experience the high life devoid of reality John So and Co demonstrate they have no control

More extra-ordinary revelations exposed about the mismanagement of the Melbourne City Council under the governance of John So and co.

How long can the City administration continue to go on unchecked and without accountability.

The list of mismanagement and waste is never ending as the City Council shows that it has lost all touch of reality and is out of control. John So and co continue to demonstrate that they have no idea how to manage the affairs of the City adding to concern that direct election of Lord Mayor does not deliver good governance. Spring Street must be beginning to wonder if it did the right thing when it adopted a direct election model. It is time the City Council and its representative structure is subjected to a serious review. Hopefully this will take place as soon as the State election in November is over and Victoria appoints a Local Government Minister that takes a serious look at the structure of the Melbourne City Council and its boundaries.

Its time to reconsider amalgamations and a greater Melbourne City Council. One that is professional and representative.

MCC luxury rent plan cops blustein Kelly, city editor

August 12, 2006 12:00am

LOCAL residents are outraged that Melbourne City Council investigated renting an apartment on the Docklands waterfront so staff could “experience life” at the precinct.

City chief executive David Pitchford this week confirmed he discussed the possibility with prominent Docklands developer MAB Corporation.

Mr Pitchford said he thought “it may be a good idea to possibly give City of Melbourne staff a chance to experience life at Docklands”.

The plan was for staff to “get to know Docklands better” by staying in a serviced apartment before the council regains control of the suburb from the State Government next July 1.

While the deal did not proceed, residents are furious the city considered wasting ratepayers’ money on the exercise.

And former lord mayor Kevin Chamberlin called on the council to instead rent a unit in a high-rise Carlton housing estate to learn about city issues.

Docklands is only five minutes by tram from Melbourne Town Hall.

Mr Pitchford said “the level of detail of who was going to stay, and for how long, was not considered”.

He said the only discussion in relation to payment was that the City of Melbourne would have paid whatever the market rate was.

“This was simply an idea I floated. We have now decided not to proceed with this idea.”

Mab’s prices range from $1120 a week for a one-bedroom serviced apartment to $2300 a week for three bedrooms.

Mr Chamberlin said it was clearly an inappropriate use of ratepayers’ money.

“It’s clear the Melbourne City Council has lost contact with the electorate to come up with crazy ideas like this,” he said.

“If the council really wants to know how inner Melbourne works, they’d be better off renting an apartment in a high-rise housing estate in Carlton.

“Then they’d have unsurpassed views over the City of Melbourne, not like the Docklands where you have unsurpassed views over adjoining municipalities.”

Southbank Residents Group president Joe Bagnara hit out at the idea, saying council staff should instead visit by day and take the free city circle tram.

“It’s incomprehensible. They’re away with the fairies on occasion. They could get on the city circle tram and it wouldn’t cost anything at all,” he said.

“Maybe they need to go have a look at their upcoming liability, because Docklands is going to be a liability.

“But they don’t need to spend a month down there. A day-and-a-half would be enough.”

City rents luxury apartments for staff to experience the high life devoid of reality John So and Co demonstrate they have no control

More extra-ordinary revelations exposed about the mismanagement of the Melbourne City Council under the governance of John So and co.

How long can the City administration continue to go on unchecked and without accountability.

The list of mismanagement and waste is never ending as the City Council shows that it has lost all touch of reality and is out of control. John So and co continue to demonstrate that they have no idea how to manage the affairs of the City adding to concern that direct election of Lord Mayor does not deliver good governance. Spring Street must be beginning to wonder if it did the right thing when it adopted a direct election model. It is time the City Council and its representative structure is subjected to a serious review. Hopefully this will take place as soon as the State election in November is over and Victoria appoints a Local Government Minister that takes a serious look at the structure of the Melbourne City Council and its boundaries.

Its time to reconsider amalgamations and a greater Melbourne City Council. One that is professional and representative.

MCC luxury rent plan cops blustein Kelly, city editor

August 12, 2006 12:00am

LOCAL residents are outraged that Melbourne City Council investigated renting an apartment on the Docklands waterfront so staff could “experience life” at the precinct.

City chief executive David Pitchford this week confirmed he discussed the possibility with prominent Docklands developer MAB Corporation.

Mr Pitchford said he thought “it may be a good idea to possibly give City of Melbourne staff a chance to experience life at Docklands”.

The plan was for staff to “get to know Docklands better” by staying in a serviced apartment before the council regains control of the suburb from the State Government next July 1.

While the deal did not proceed, residents are furious the city considered wasting ratepayers’ money on the exercise.

And former lord mayor Kevin Chamberlin called on the council to instead rent a unit in a high-rise Carlton housing estate to learn about city issues.

Docklands is only five minutes by tram from Melbourne Town Hall.

Mr Pitchford said “the level of detail of who was going to stay, and for how long, was not considered”.

He said the only discussion in relation to payment was that the City of Melbourne would have paid whatever the market rate was.

“This was simply an idea I floated. We have now decided not to proceed with this idea.”

Mab’s prices range from $1120 a week for a one-bedroom serviced apartment to $2300 a week for three bedrooms.

Mr Chamberlin said it was clearly an inappropriate use of ratepayers’ money.

“It’s clear the Melbourne City Council has lost contact with the electorate to come up with crazy ideas like this,” he said.

“If the council really wants to know how inner Melbourne works, they’d be better off renting an apartment in a high-rise housing estate in Carlton.

“Then they’d have unsurpassed views over the City of Melbourne, not like the Docklands where you have unsurpassed views over adjoining municipalities.”

Southbank Residents Group president Joe Bagnara hit out at the idea, saying council staff should instead visit by day and take the free city circle tram.

“It’s incomprehensible. They’re away with the fairies on occasion. They could get on the city circle tram and it wouldn’t cost anything at all,” he said.

“Maybe they need to go have a look at their upcoming liability, because Docklands is going to be a liability.

“But they don’t need to spend a month down there. A day-and-a-half would be enough.”

CROOKS: The Melbourne Criminal Council The Other cheeks turns up the heat

From the web pages of the “Other Cheeks” Andrew Landeryou posts

CROOKS: The Melbourne Criminal Council


The Melbourne City Council has been caught out using criminal tactics including evidence tampering to cover up rorted parking fine collection.

Melbourne’s leading newspaper the Herald Sun reported today that the Council had secret quotas in place to achieve revenue from parking fines regardless of the extent of illegal parking.

The City of Melbourne alone collects the best part of $30 million a year from parking fines and has grown dependent on it to feed its vast bureaucracy.

The Herald Sun reported a council source saying that the Council engaged in fraudulent activity including:

issuing fake fines on non-existent cars, working late to blitz sporting and entertainment venues and restaurant and nightclub strips, and not reporting unclear and confusing parking signs so they could book those who thought they were legally parked.

The Council CEO David Pitchford admitted that some Council staff had deliberately falsified records that the State Ombudsman had sought when he raided the Council’s offices over the scam.

Game on.

CROOKS: The Melbourne Criminal Council The Other cheeks turns up the heat

From the web pages of the “Other Cheeks” Andrew Landeryou posts

CROOKS: The Melbourne Criminal Council


The Melbourne City Council has been caught out using criminal tactics including evidence tampering to cover up rorted parking fine collection.

Melbourne’s leading newspaper the Herald Sun reported today that the Council had secret quotas in place to achieve revenue from parking fines regardless of the extent of illegal parking.

The City of Melbourne alone collects the best part of $30 million a year from parking fines and has grown dependent on it to feed its vast bureaucracy.

The Herald Sun reported a council source saying that the Council engaged in fraudulent activity including:

issuing fake fines on non-existent cars, working late to blitz sporting and entertainment venues and restaurant and nightclub strips, and not reporting unclear and confusing parking signs so they could book those who thought they were legally parked.

The Council CEO David Pitchford admitted that some Council staff had deliberately falsified records that the State Ombudsman had sought when he raided the Council’s offices over the scam.

Game on.

CROOKS: The Melbourne Criminal Council The Other cheeks turns up the heat

From the web pages of the “Other Cheeks” Andrew Landeryou posts

CROOKS: The Melbourne Criminal Council


The Melbourne City Council has been caught out using criminal tactics including evidence tampering to cover up rorted parking fine collection.

Melbourne’s leading newspaper the Herald Sun reported today that the Council had secret quotas in place to achieve revenue from parking fines regardless of the extent of illegal parking.

The City of Melbourne alone collects the best part of $30 million a year from parking fines and has grown dependent on it to feed its vast bureaucracy.

The Herald Sun reported a council source saying that the Council engaged in fraudulent activity including:

issuing fake fines on non-existent cars, working late to blitz sporting and entertainment venues and restaurant and nightclub strips, and not reporting unclear and confusing parking signs so they could book those who thought they were legally parked.

The Council CEO David Pitchford admitted that some Council staff had deliberately falsified records that the State Ombudsman had sought when he raided the Council’s offices over the scam.

Game on.

Council admits to fleecing motorists for more revenue Council spin doctors go to work and claim no more fine quotas


Melbourne City Council spin doctors go to work. Council admits to fleecing motorists for more revenue and now claims they will call off the dogs. Yeah right we have heard this all before. Its time to put an end to the ripp-off and corrupt practices. the elected Council must begin to govern for Melbourne and stop travelling on luxury ratepayer funded junkets. John So and his team are the biggest spenders of luxury trips of all time. He claimed he was going to scrap his limo but instead he continues to hang on to the benefits of office. The Deputy Lord Mayor’s self drive council funded petrol guzzling limousine should also be scraped and money for private use of the limo refunded to the City. Only then can teh City Coucnil begin to regain public repsect.


City to scrap ticket quotas
Keith Moor
07jun06

MELBOURNE’S parking officers have been bullied for over a decade into using sneaky and overzealous methods to meet daily fine quotas.

City of Melbourne chief executive David Pitchford made the startling admission yesterday and vowed to stop the quota system and change the culture of parking officers away from revenue raising.

Mr Pitchford said it had never been council policy to have quotas, but admitted some managers adopted them.

Some managers threatened parking officers with the sack if they didn’t each issue 30 tickets a day in 2004-05 to reach a $27.5 million target.

Mr Pitchford said some of the council’s 123 parking officers used inappropriate methods of booking people as a result of this pressure.

A council source told the Herald Sun the methods included issuing fake fines on non-existent cars, working late to blitz sporting and entertainment venues and restaurant and nightclub strips, and not reporting unclear and confusing parking signs so they could book those who thought they were legally parked.

Mr Pitchford yesterday revealed a number of council managers had been moved as a result of intimidatory tactics relating to quotas.

He also said he was trying to identify staff who altered council records in a bid to foil an investigation by the Ombudsman into ticket irregularities.

State Ombudsman George Brouwer this year revealed his investigators seized council computers and discovered evidence of staff altering records to try to cover blunders.

Mr Pitchford vowed to end the sneaky and underhanded methods used by some to book motorists.

He promised to instruct parking officers to use more discretion about recently expired meters.

“What I would like to see happen there is if he or she comes up to the meter when it goes into the last minute that he or she would wait there until at least two minutes past and then have a look around to see whether the motorist is nearby,” he said.

“And if the motorist arrives they say ‘that’s fine, but don’t run that close in future’.”

Mr Pitchford said the council would still include a projected parking fine figure in its annual budget, but nobody would be punished if the budget was not met.

He said the City of Melbourne had agreed to adopt all the measures suggested by the Ombudsman to improve the parking fine system.

Council admits to fleecing motorists for more revenue Council spin doctors go to work and claim no more fine quotas


Melbourne City Council spin doctors go to work. Council admits to fleecing motorists for more revenue and now claims they will call off the dogs. Yeah right we have heard this all before. Its time to put an end to the ripp-off and corrupt practices. the elected Council must begin to govern for Melbourne and stop travelling on luxury ratepayer funded junkets. John So and his team are the biggest spenders of luxury trips of all time. He claimed he was going to scrap his limo but instead he continues to hang on to the benefits of office. The Deputy Lord Mayor’s self drive council funded petrol guzzling limousine should also be scraped and money for private use of the limo refunded to the City. Only then can teh City Coucnil begin to regain public repsect.


City to scrap ticket quotas
Keith Moor
07jun06

MELBOURNE’S parking officers have been bullied for over a decade into using sneaky and overzealous methods to meet daily fine quotas.

City of Melbourne chief executive David Pitchford made the startling admission yesterday and vowed to stop the quota system and change the culture of parking officers away from revenue raising.

Mr Pitchford said it had never been council policy to have quotas, but admitted some managers adopted them.

Some managers threatened parking officers with the sack if they didn’t each issue 30 tickets a day in 2004-05 to reach a $27.5 million target.

Mr Pitchford said some of the council’s 123 parking officers used inappropriate methods of booking people as a result of this pressure.

A council source told the Herald Sun the methods included issuing fake fines on non-existent cars, working late to blitz sporting and entertainment venues and restaurant and nightclub strips, and not reporting unclear and confusing parking signs so they could book those who thought they were legally parked.

Mr Pitchford yesterday revealed a number of council managers had been moved as a result of intimidatory tactics relating to quotas.

He also said he was trying to identify staff who altered council records in a bid to foil an investigation by the Ombudsman into ticket irregularities.

State Ombudsman George Brouwer this year revealed his investigators seized council computers and discovered evidence of staff altering records to try to cover blunders.

Mr Pitchford vowed to end the sneaky and underhanded methods used by some to book motorists.

He promised to instruct parking officers to use more discretion about recently expired meters.

“What I would like to see happen there is if he or she comes up to the meter when it goes into the last minute that he or she would wait there until at least two minutes past and then have a look around to see whether the motorist is nearby,” he said.

“And if the motorist arrives they say ‘that’s fine, but don’t run that close in future’.”

Mr Pitchford said the council would still include a projected parking fine figure in its annual budget, but nobody would be punished if the budget was not met.

He said the City of Melbourne had agreed to adopt all the measures suggested by the Ombudsman to improve the parking fine system.

Stop the Ripp-offs, end the rorts and corruption. City Council exposed as the puiblic speak put

Today’s Herald-sun editorial is another example of whet the community thinks. John SO and the City Council administration only act when they are caught out, Where is the elected Council and why are they not at the forefront of the effort to expose and stop these scandalous events. The corruption of the Council administration is only brought to account following intensive investigations by the State Ombudsman department. This is not the first time the issue infringement quotas has been an issue with the City of Melbourne. There have been numerous previous occasions where the issue of quotas has arisen and the Council each time says it will put an end to the corrupt practice, but the desire to raise more revenue to pay for luxury staff and councillor overseas junkets is too great. In the meantime the State Government and elected Council remain mum about it all, to busy bought out by the lurks and perks of luxury overseas travel and fringe benefits, Its time they acted and represented the interest of their electorate and PUT A STOP TO THE RIP-OFFS


The parking rip-off
Editorial

07jun06

MOTORISTS will be angry indeed to learn the extent to which greedy municipal councils are ripping them off with parking fines.

The Herald Sun reveals today that in the years 2004-07, 11 inner-city councils we investigated are expected to have raised more than $200 million from this source Motorists will be even angrier to learn that some councils set minimum targets for the “grey ghosts” who plague them with tickets.

Our investigation established that, not content with using fines as a revenue-raising exercise, the councils also rake in about $40 million a year from parking meters and paid parking.

Meanwhile, the racket expands, with meters installed around Albert Park Lake and planned for shopping strips such as Chapel St, High St and Glenferrie Rd.

Critics say this short-sighted avarice will lead to the death of local shopping and divert customers to shopping centres.

Ever since the Kennett government amalgamated Melbourne councils, ratepayers have noticed two things:

A DECLINE in service.

A CORRESPONDING increase in municipal bureaucracy, in which the big winners have been council executive officers, some of whom get paid more than the Premier.

As councils forecast increasing rates over the next few years, they milk motorists and waste money on pointless overseas junkets and other spending of doubtful relevance to ratepayers — for example, Melbourne City Council’s $20,000 support for “mentoring” graffiti vandals.

Not only councils are guilty. Motorists are also the targets of the Bracks Government’s unfair tax on inner-city parking.

Stop the Ripp-offs, end the rorts and corruption. City Council exposed as the puiblic speak put

Today’s Herald-sun editorial is another example of whet the community thinks. John SO and the City Council administration only act when they are caught out, Where is the elected Council and why are they not at the forefront of the effort to expose and stop these scandalous events. The corruption of the Council administration is only brought to account following intensive investigations by the State Ombudsman department. This is not the first time the issue infringement quotas has been an issue with the City of Melbourne. There have been numerous previous occasions where the issue of quotas has arisen and the Council each time says it will put an end to the corrupt practice, but the desire to raise more revenue to pay for luxury staff and councillor overseas junkets is too great. In the meantime the State Government and elected Council remain mum about it all, to busy bought out by the lurks and perks of luxury overseas travel and fringe benefits, Its time they acted and represented the interest of their electorate and PUT A STOP TO THE RIP-OFFS


The parking rip-off
Editorial

07jun06

MOTORISTS will be angry indeed to learn the extent to which greedy municipal councils are ripping them off with parking fines.

The Herald Sun reveals today that in the years 2004-07, 11 inner-city councils we investigated are expected to have raised more than $200 million from this source Motorists will be even angrier to learn that some councils set minimum targets for the “grey ghosts” who plague them with tickets.

Our investigation established that, not content with using fines as a revenue-raising exercise, the councils also rake in about $40 million a year from parking meters and paid parking.

Meanwhile, the racket expands, with meters installed around Albert Park Lake and planned for shopping strips such as Chapel St, High St and Glenferrie Rd.

Critics say this short-sighted avarice will lead to the death of local shopping and divert customers to shopping centres.

Ever since the Kennett government amalgamated Melbourne councils, ratepayers have noticed two things:

A DECLINE in service.

A CORRESPONDING increase in municipal bureaucracy, in which the big winners have been council executive officers, some of whom get paid more than the Premier.

As councils forecast increasing rates over the next few years, they milk motorists and waste money on pointless overseas junkets and other spending of doubtful relevance to ratepayers — for example, Melbourne City Council’s $20,000 support for “mentoring” graffiti vandals.

Not only councils are guilty. Motorists are also the targets of the Bracks Government’s unfair tax on inner-city parking.

Council admits to fleecing motorists for more revenue Council spin doctors go to work and claim no more fine quotas


Melbourne City Council spin doctors go to work. Council admits to fleecing motorists for more revenue and now claims they will call off the dogs. Yeah right we have heard this all before. Its time to put an end to the ripp-off and corrupt practices. the elected Council must begin to govern for Melbourne and stop travelling on luxury ratepayer funded junkets. John So and his team are the biggest spenders of luxury trips of all time. He claimed he was going to scrap his limo but instead he continues to hang on to the benefits of office. The Deputy Lord Mayor’s self drive council funded petrol guzzling limousine should also be scraped and money for private use of the limo refunded to the City. Only then can teh City Coucnil begin to regain public repsect.


City to scrap ticket quotas
Keith Moor
07jun06

MELBOURNE’S parking officers have been bullied for over a decade into using sneaky and overzealous methods to meet daily fine quotas.

City of Melbourne chief executive David Pitchford made the startling admission yesterday and vowed to stop the quota system and change the culture of parking officers away from revenue raising.

Mr Pitchford said it had never been council policy to have quotas, but admitted some managers adopted them.

Some managers threatened parking officers with the sack if they didn’t each issue 30 tickets a day in 2004-05 to reach a $27.5 million target.

Mr Pitchford said some of the council’s 123 parking officers used inappropriate methods of booking people as a result of this pressure.

A council source told the Herald Sun the methods included issuing fake fines on non-existent cars, working late to blitz sporting and entertainment venues and restaurant and nightclub strips, and not reporting unclear and confusing parking signs so they could book those who thought they were legally parked.

Mr Pitchford yesterday revealed a number of council managers had been moved as a result of intimidatory tactics relating to quotas.

He also said he was trying to identify staff who altered council records in a bid to foil an investigation by the Ombudsman into ticket irregularities.

State Ombudsman George Brouwer this year revealed his investigators seized council computers and discovered evidence of staff altering records to try to cover blunders.

Mr Pitchford vowed to end the sneaky and underhanded methods used by some to book motorists.

He promised to instruct parking officers to use more discretion about recently expired meters.

“What I would like to see happen there is if he or she comes up to the meter when it goes into the last minute that he or she would wait there until at least two minutes past and then have a look around to see whether the motorist is nearby,” he said.

“And if the motorist arrives they say ‘that’s fine, but don’t run that close in future’.”

Mr Pitchford said the council would still include a projected parking fine figure in its annual budget, but nobody would be punished if the budget was not met.

He said the City of Melbourne had agreed to adopt all the measures suggested by the Ombudsman to improve the parking fine system.