Junkets Away: Most Travelled 2008-2012

The Melbourne City Council – High Cost Travellers
(Above $10,000)
Dec-2008 to December 2012

Total amount spent:

 $      1,200,714.00
Interstate and Overseas Travel
Name Cost
Kathy Alexander $83,671.25
Jane Sharwood S66,423.46
Robert Doyle $55,254.80
Peter Clarke $50,736.55
Alister Paterson $39,768.80
Susan Riley $27,084.08
Brian Shanahan $25,010.37
Scott Chapman $24,836.87
Amelia Bitsis $23,271.23
Kevin Louey $22,715.35
David Campbell $21,683.73
Geoff Robinson $21,167.06
Martin Cutter $20,903.21
Fran Kerlin $20,872.83
Barry McGuren $19,730.73
Simon Spain $18,031.48
Rob Adams $16,229.47
Cathy Oke $15,917.67
Janey Chu $15,540.04
Geoff Lawler $14,641.91
Krista Milne $12,891.08
Ken Ong $12,829.19
Rob Moore $12,820.80
Ralf Pfleiderer $12,113.28
Janina Harding $11,685.78
Alex Fearnside $10,963.06
Ian Winter $10,800.52
Shane McIllory $10,300.73
Michelle Isles $10,153.39

Individual Trips costing over $10,000
Name Cost From To
Kathy Alexander $32,199.83 07-Jun-12 19-Jun-12
Scott Chapman $24,181.87 20-Mar-09 04-Apr-09
Peter Clarke $20,566.58 10-Oct-09 17-Oct-09
Peter Clarke $18,159.67 28-Sep-10 07-Oct-10
Fran Kerlin $17,994.00 19-Jul-12 03-Aug-12
Robert Doyle $17,264.62 12-Dec-09 22-Dec-09
Amelia Bitsis $16,076.79 12-Dec-09 22-Dec-09
Janey Chu $15,540.04 13-Oct-10 23-Oct-10
Alister Paterson $14,167.41 12-Dec-09 22-Dec-09
Barry McGuren $14,127.15 23-Jul-12 29-Jul-12
Geoff Robinson $13,097.13 15-Mar-10 25-Mar-10
Brian Shanahan $12,676.53 12-Dec-10 18-Dec-10
Rob Moore $12,496.50 04-Apr-11 10-Apr-11
Jane Sharwood $12,254.89 11-Dec-10 18-Dec-10
Peter Clarke $11,431.66 05-Apr-11 09-Apr-11
Kevin Louey $11,313.63 17-Oct-10 27-Oct-10
Kathy Alexander $11,225.83 17-Oct-10 26-Oct-10
Susan Riley $11,157.38 17-Oct-10 26-Oct-10
Martin Cutter $11,134.51 13-Aug-11 20-Aug-11
Robert Doyle $10,782.34 08-Oct-11 14-Oct-11
Jane Sharwood $10,642.64 17-Oct-10 23-Oct-10
Jane Sharwood $10,519.00 19-Feb-12 27-Feb-12
Geoff Lawler $10,425.00 14-Nov-09 22-Nov-09
Alex Fearnside $10,092.49 12-Jun-09 26-Jun-09
Ralf Pfleiderer $10,000.00 07-May-12 29-May-12

 * Note: The City of Melbourne titles or departments as such we can not produce a High Cost Travelled Departments.  The Council goes out of its way to avoid disclosure and accountability 

Councillors cut expense costs but not expenditure

Melbourne newly elected City Council has acted quick to cut expense costs associated with Councillor expenses according to the Councillor Expense Statements published last week.

In a very cynical move the City Council has decided the best way to cut expenses is to not publish them.

Missing from the new published Councillor expense statements are costs associated with Interstate and Overseas Travel, Conferences and other junket revenue expenditure removed from the statements.

Councillor Carl “Jet set” Jetter is still charging the City Council in excess of $2,000 a quarter for local travel with over $1,000 in communication costs. Kevin Louey has over $1,400 (4.5 times the cost of the Lord Mayor and Deputy Lord Mayor) in phone bills. Whilst Brian Shanahan has rung up close to $1,000 on Conferences and Training.

The Cost of the Lord Mayor and Deputy Lord Limo expenses have been listed at $3,691 and $3,968 respectively. This does not include the full costs of the purchase, maintenance and chauffer which remain undisclosed. The City Council policy of non disclosure and deceit continues unabated.

Staff have not curbed their last for the Leather on Aeroplanes. They have rung up over 3 Months increases of $58,000 with Scott Chapman close to $24,000 for a 13 day world site seeing trip to Los Angeles, Denver, Seattle, with a stopover in Auckland between the 20th of March to the 4th of April this year. This expense is on top of his six figure salary of course.

12 members of staff had their expenses picked op by an undisclosed source begging the question how much does the City Council fork out in kind.

Councillors cut expense costs but not expenditure

Melbourne newly elected City Council has acted quick to cut expense costs associated with Councillor expenses according to the Councillor Expense Statements published last week.

In a very cynical move the City Council has decided the best way to cut expenses is to not publish them.

Missing from the new published Councillor expense statements are costs associated with Interstate and Overseas Travel, Conferences and other junket revenue expenditure removed from the statements.

Councillor Carl “Jet set” Jetter is still charging the City Council in excess of $2,000 a quarter for local travel with over $1,000 in communication costs. Kevin Louey has over $1,400 (4.5 times the cost of the Lord Mayor and Deputy Lord Mayor) in phone bills. Whilst Brian Shanahan has rung up close to $1,000 on Conferences and Training.

The Cost of the Lord Mayor and Deputy Lord Limo expenses have been listed at $3,691 and $3,968 respectively. This does not include the full costs of the purchase, maintenance and chauffer which remain undisclosed. The City Council policy of non disclosure and deceit continues unabated.

Staff have not curbed their last for the Leather on Aeroplanes. They have rung up over 3 Months increases of $58,000 with Scott Chapman close to $24,000 for a 13 day world site seeing trip to Los Angeles, Denver, Seattle, with a stopover in Auckland between the 20th of March to the 4th of April this year. This expense is on top of his six figure salary of course.

12 members of staff had their expenses picked op by an undisclosed source begging the question how much does the City Council fork out in kind.

Councillors cut expense costs but not expenditure

Melbourne newly elected City Council has acted quick to cut expense costs associated with Councillor expenses according to the Councillor Expense Statements published last week.

In a very cynical move the City Council has decided the best way to cut expenses is to not publish them.

Missing from the new published Councillor expense statements are costs associated with Interstate and Overseas Travel, Conferences and other junket revenue expenditure removed from the statements.

Councillor Carl “Jet set” Jetter is still charging the City Council in excess of $2,000 a quarter for local travel with over $1,000 in communication costs. Kevin Louey has over $1,400 (4.5 times the cost of the Lord Mayor and Deputy Lord Mayor) in phone bills. Whilst Brian Shanahan has rung up close to $1,000 on Conferences and Training.

The Cost of the Lord Mayor and Deputy Lord Limo expenses have been listed at $3,691 and $3,968 respectively. This does not include the full costs of the purchase, maintenance and chauffer which remain undisclosed. The City Council policy of non disclosure and deceit continues unabated.

Staff have not curbed their last for the Leather on Aeroplanes. They have rung up over 3 Months increases of $58,000 with Scott Chapman close to $24,000 for a 13 day world site seeing trip to Los Angeles, Denver, Seattle, with a stopover in Auckland between the 20th of March to the 4th of April this year. This expense is on top of his six figure salary of course.

12 members of staff had their expenses picked op by an undisclosed source begging the question how much does the City Council fork out in kind.

No Junket Rob goes on a Junket St Petersburg in the middle of Winter


Rob Doyle less then a month in the top job has planned a Junket to St Petersburg. Russia. Whilst St Petersburg is one of Melbourne’s Sister Cities one has to question the merit and benefit of the planned junket.

Ousted Melbourne City Councillor, Fiona Snedden, as part of her farewell world tour visited St Petersburg in May last year. Prior to that Rob’s Deputy, Susan Riley, and disgraced former City Councillor Anthony Nicholson packed in a midnight summers holiday back in 2003-4 costing ratepayers in excess of 20,000 each. Anthony Nicholson was too drunk the night before and missed his plan and had to schedule an alternative flight. The cost of Nicholson’s St Petersburg tour was never “acquitted” and did not show up on the Council’s Travel register or expense statements.

It is unclear as to the reason or benefit of this trip which Robert claims was organised prior to his election. There was no mention of this in Cr Snedden’s report.

The Moscow Embassy is controversial itself and should be seriously reviewed. What does and has Austrade done. the staff at the Moscow office are highly paid and have numerous lurks and perks. they are also responsible for representing Australia throughout Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia and other CIS countries. They never seem to do anything for the other countries where their absence is noted by most Australian’s.

Winter in Russia is not a picnic which begs the question what has Robert Doyle got to offer and contibute that will bring direct benefits to Melbourne?

No Junket Rob goes on a Junket St Petersburg in the middle of Winter


Rob Doyle less then a month in the top job has planned a Junket to St Petersburg. Russia. Whilst St Petersburg is one of Melbourne’s Sister Cities one has to question the merit and benefit of the planned junket.

Ousted Melbourne City Councillor, Fiona Snedden, as part of her farewell world tour visited St Petersburg in May last year. Prior to that Rob’s Deputy, Susan Riley, and disgraced former City Councillor Anthony Nicholson packed in a midnight summers holiday back in 2003-4 costing ratepayers in excess of 20,000 each. Anthony Nicholson was too drunk the night before and missed his plan and had to schedule an alternative flight. The cost of Nicholson’s St Petersburg tour was never “acquitted” and did not show up on the Council’s Travel register or expense statements.

It is unclear as to the reason or benefit of this trip which Robert claims was organised prior to his election. There was no mention of this in Cr Snedden’s report.

The Moscow Embassy is controversial itself and should be seriously reviewed. What does and has Austrade done. the staff at the Moscow office are highly paid and have numerous lurks and perks. they are also responsible for representing Australia throughout Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia and other CIS countries. They never seem to do anything for the other countries where their absence is noted by most Australian’s.

Winter in Russia is not a picnic which begs the question what has Robert Doyle got to offer and contibute that will bring direct benefits to Melbourne?

No Junket Rob goes on a Junket St Petersburg in the middle of Winter


Rob Doyle less then a month in the top job has planned a Junket to St Petersburg. Russia. Whilst St Petersburg is one of Melbourne’s Sister Cities one has to question the merit and benefit of the planned junket.

Ousted Melbourne City Councillor, Fiona Snedden, as part of her farewell world tour visited St Petersburg in May last year. Prior to that Rob’s Deputy, Susan Riley, and disgraced former City Councillor Anthony Nicholson packed in a midnight summers holiday back in 2003-4 costing ratepayers in excess of 20,000 each. Anthony Nicholson was too drunk the night before and missed his plan and had to schedule an alternative flight. The cost of Nicholson’s St Petersburg tour was never “acquitted” and did not show up on the Council’s Travel register or expense statements.

It is unclear as to the reason or benefit of this trip which Robert claims was organised prior to his election. There was no mention of this in Cr Snedden’s report.

The Moscow Embassy is controversial itself and should be seriously reviewed. What does and has Austrade done. the staff at the Moscow office are highly paid and have numerous lurks and perks. they are also responsible for representing Australia throughout Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia and other CIS countries. They never seem to do anything for the other countries where their absence is noted by most Australian’s.

Winter in Russia is not a picnic which begs the question what has Robert Doyle got to offer and contibute that will bring direct benefits to Melbourne?

Melbourne’s most Travelled Consolidated Travel Expenses Revealed

We reveal the list of the MOST TRAVELLED Councilors and Council Staff over the last four years of John So’s rule.

Five of the top big spenders are candidates for the City Council election.

They include Gary Singer, Kevin Louey, Fiona Snedden, Brian Shanahan and Carl Jetter.

This is just the tip of the iceberg as the City Council’s Creative Accounting prevents the real cost from being disclosed. The City Council staff go to extraordinary steps to avoid disclosure and accountability including the scam of pocketing QANTAS Frequent flyer points earnt by spending Council money. They are all in on the racket and QANTAS is the master fraudster/bag man.


City Council Big spenders over $10,000 in Overseas and Interstate travel

Name Position Total Cost No of Days No of Trips
Scott Chapman Director Economic Development $107,569.35 115 24
John So Lord Mayor $67,538.62 59 15
Geoff Lawler Director sustainability and Regulatory Services $59,478.31 63 14
David Pitchford Chief Executive $52,095.08 65 18
Fiona Snedden Councillor $46,337.52 53 8
Kevin Louey Lord Mayor’s Chief of Staff $46,286.52 39 9
Gary Singer Deputy Lord Mayor $36,563.46 33 5
Linda Weatherson Director Community and Culture $32,051.69 32 7
Peter Chaffey Knowledge Capital Executive $28,039.16 32 5
Jane Sharwood Manager, Melbourne International $24,689.19 34 5
Brian Shanahan Councillor $22,492.63 57 5
Michael Anderson Principle Project Officer Business.Development $21,827.00 16 1
Kristy Taylor Program Manager, Melbourne Destination Marketing $18,249.28 13 2
Edgar Dong Team Leader – Global $15,820.68 39 3
Carl Jetter Councillor $14,873.86 22 2
Mark Drew Manager – Customer & International Relations $13,489.18 14 2
Tom Parker Senior International Relations Coordinator $12,740.81 56 5
Stella Zhang Trade Advisor $12,589.14 10 1
Colleen Lazenby Manager Community Safety and Well being $11,270.69 25 7
Keith Williamson Manager Governance Services $11,176.42 12 3
Trudy McPhee Project Coordinator – Melbourne International $11,170.12 33 2

Melbourne’s most Travelled Consolidated Travel Expenses Revealed

We reveal the list of the MOST TRAVELLED Councilors and Council Staff over the last four years of John So’s rule.

Five of the top big spenders are candidates for the City Council election.

They include Gary Singer, Kevin Louey, Fiona Snedden, Brian Shanahan and Carl Jetter.

This is just the tip of the iceberg as the City Council’s Creative Accounting prevents the real cost from being disclosed. The City Council staff go to extraordinary steps to avoid disclosure and accountability including the scam of pocketing QANTAS Frequent flyer points earnt by spending Council money. They are all in on the racket and QANTAS is the master fraudster/bag man.


City Council Big spenders over $10,000 in Overseas and Interstate travel

Name

Position

Total Cost

No of Days

No of Trips
Scott Chapman

Director Economic Development

$107,569.35

115

24

John So

Lord Mayor

$67,538.62

59

15

Geoff Lawler

Director sustainability and Regulatory Services

$59,478.31

63

14

David Pitchford

Chief Executive

$52,095.08

65

18

Fiona Snedden

Councillor

$46,337.52

53

8

Kevin Louey

Lord Mayor’s Chief of Staff

$46,286.52

39

9

Gary Singer

Deputy Lord Mayor

$36,563.46

33

5

Linda Weatherson

Director Community and Culture

$32,051.69

32

7

Peter Chaffey

Knowledge Capital Executive

$28,039.16

32

5

Jane Sharwood

Manager, Melbourne International

$24,689.19

34

5

Brian Shanahan

Councillor

$22,492.63

57

5

Michael Anderson

Principle Project Officer Business.Development

$21,827.00

16

1

Kristy Taylor

Program Manager, Melbourne Destination Marketing

$18,249.28

13

2

Edgar Dong

Team Leader – Global

$15,820.68

39

3

Carl Jetter

Councillor

$14,873.86

22

2

Mark Drew

Manager – Customer & International Relations

$13,489.18

14

2

Tom Parker

Senior International Relations Coordinator

$12,740.81

56

5

Stella Zhang

Trade Advisor

$12,589.14

10

1

Colleen Lazenby

Manager Community Safety and Well being

$11,270.69

25

7

Keith Williamson

Manager Governance Services

$11,176.42

12

3

Trudy McPhee

Project Coordinator – Melbourne International

$11,170.12

33

2

Melbourne’s most Travelled Consolidated Travel Expenses Revealed

We reveal the list of the MOST TRAVELLED Councilors and Council Staff over the last four years of John So’s rule.

Five of the top big spenders are candidates for the City Council election.

They include Gary Singer, Kevin Louey, Fiona Snedden, Brian Shanahan and Carl Jetter.

This is just the tip of the iceberg as the City Council’s Creative Accounting prevents the real cost from being disclosed. The City Council staff go to extraordinary steps to avoid disclosure and accountability including the scam of pocketing QANTAS Frequent flyer points earnt by spending Council money. They are all in on the racket and QANTAS is the master fraudster/bag man.


City Council Big spenders over $10,000 in Overseas and Interstate travel

Name

Position

Total Cost

No of Days

No of Trips
Scott Chapman

Director Economic Development

$107,569.35

115

24

John So

Lord Mayor

$67,538.62

59

15

Geoff Lawler

Director sustainability and Regulatory Services

$59,478.31

63

14

David Pitchford

Chief Executive

$52,095.08

65

18

Fiona Snedden

Councillor

$46,337.52

53

8

Kevin Louey

Lord Mayor’s Chief of Staff

$46,286.52

39

9

Gary Singer

Deputy Lord Mayor

$36,563.46

33

5

Linda Weatherson

Director Community and Culture

$32,051.69

32

7

Peter Chaffey

Knowledge Capital Executive

$28,039.16

32

5

Jane Sharwood

Manager, Melbourne International

$24,689.19

34

5

Brian Shanahan

Councillor

$22,492.63

57

5

Michael Anderson

Principle Project Officer Business.Development

$21,827.00

16

1

Kristy Taylor

Program Manager, Melbourne Destination Marketing

$18,249.28

13

2

Edgar Dong

Team Leader – Global

$15,820.68

39

3

Carl Jetter

Councillor

$14,873.86

22

2

Mark Drew

Manager – Customer & International Relations

$13,489.18

14

2

Tom Parker

Senior International Relations Coordinator

$12,740.81

56

5

Stella Zhang

Trade Advisor

$12,589.14

10

1

Colleen Lazenby

Manager Community Safety and Well being

$11,270.69

25

7

Keith Williamson

Manager Governance Services

$11,176.42

12

3

Trudy McPhee

Project Coordinator – Melbourne International

$11,170.12

33

2

Club Melbourne QANTAS Frequent Flyers points paid for by Melbourne Rate Payers

The Herald Sun has reported that the City Council administrators have spent over 250,000 on overseas junkets this year. This is the tip of the Ice berg as many Overseas junkets have been hidden.

The City Council administrators also have another scam going which we reported on earlier. They ring up large sums of Council expenditure on their “personal” credit cards and have the Council pay off the cards but they collect massive QANTAS Frequent Flyer Points in the process. QANTAS has become the under the counter bride Airline. If it’s not trying to bribe Police commissioners it is being used as a way of laundering corporate/government funds without fringe benefits tax. As the saying goes there is no such thing as a “free flight” lunch.

Council must put an end to the QANTAS Frequent Flyer scam but with Staff and Councillors all invloved there is little to no incentive to stop the rort which includes those at the top. QANTAS holds its Annual General Meeting on Friday in Brisbane.

$200,000 splurge on staff trips
Herald Sun – Ian Royall

JET-SETTING Melbourne City Council bureaucrats have spent more than $200,000 on overseas and interstate travel in just nine months this year.

The Town Hall staff have even earned frequent flyer points, racking up thousands of personal credits from the ratepayer-funded trips.

Melbourne’s most-travelled employee is commerce and marketing director Scott Chapman, who has made five overseas and four interstate trips this year.

His $44,000 travel and accommodation bill includes flights to Britain, New York, Beijing, Osaka and Auckland.

In total, he spent more than a month away from Town Hall.

Mr Chapman’s itinerary included a nine-day, $20,000 trip to New York for the G’Day USA conference in January.

Town Hall chief executive Kathy Alexander said Mr Chapman was invited to New York by the Victorian Government because capital city representation was critical.

Melbourne was also represented at trade and investment forums, and also helped to secure the Jersey Boys theatre production for Victoria.

“Melbourne can’t remain a recognised international city without building extensive international relationships and maintaining them,” Dr Alexander said.

Kevin Louey, Lord Mayor John So’s chief of staff who is now running for council, flew to China, India and Japan on the city’s Asian mission.

His bill reached $19,011.

Other trips included:

AN expert in IT flew to Las Vegas for an “online virtualisation conference”.

A RESEARCH manager ran up a $6378 bill for a one-week jaunt to a “international regions benchmarking consortium” conference in Seattle.

ALMOST $15,000 was spent on sending community and culture director Linda Weatherston to New York to share information on homelessness.

The Town Hall staff total of $209,091 covered 125 separate trips between January and September.

Some trips were paid or part-paid by conference hosts, not the council.

Club Melbourne QANTAS Frequent Flyers points paid for by Melbourne Rate Payers

The Herald Sun has reported that the City Council administrators have spent over 250,000 on overseas junkets this year. This is the tip of the Ice berg as many Overseas junkets have been hidden.

The City Council administrators also have another scam going which we reported on earlier. They ring up large sums of Council expenditure on their “personal” credit cards and have the Council pay off the cards but they collect massive QANTAS Frequent Flyer Points in the process. QANTAS has become the under the counter bride Airline. If it’s not trying to bribe Police commissioners it is being used as a way of laundering corporate/government funds without fringe benefits tax. As the saying goes there is no such thing as a “free flight” lunch.

Council must put an end to the QANTAS Frequent Flyer scam but with Staff and Councillors all invloved there is little to no incentive to stop the rort which includes those at the top. QANTAS holds its Annual General Meeting on Friday in Brisbane.

$200,000 splurge on staff trips
Herald Sun – Ian Royall

JET-SETTING Melbourne City Council bureaucrats have spent more than $200,000 on overseas and interstate travel in just nine months this year.

The Town Hall staff have even earned frequent flyer points, racking up thousands of personal credits from the ratepayer-funded trips.

Melbourne’s most-travelled employee is commerce and marketing director Scott Chapman, who has made five overseas and four interstate trips this year.

His $44,000 travel and accommodation bill includes flights to Britain, New York, Beijing, Osaka and Auckland.

In total, he spent more than a month away from Town Hall.

Mr Chapman’s itinerary included a nine-day, $20,000 trip to New York for the G’Day USA conference in January.

Town Hall chief executive Kathy Alexander said Mr Chapman was invited to New York by the Victorian Government because capital city representation was critical.

Melbourne was also represented at trade and investment forums, and also helped to secure the Jersey Boys theatre production for Victoria.

“Melbourne can’t remain a recognised international city without building extensive international relationships and maintaining them,” Dr Alexander said.

Kevin Louey, Lord Mayor John So’s chief of staff who is now running for council, flew to China, India and Japan on the city’s Asian mission.

His bill reached $19,011.

Other trips included:

AN expert in IT flew to Las Vegas for an “online virtualisation conference”.

A RESEARCH manager ran up a $6378 bill for a one-week jaunt to a “international regions benchmarking consortium” conference in Seattle.

ALMOST $15,000 was spent on sending community and culture director Linda Weatherston to New York to share information on homelessness.

The Town Hall staff total of $209,091 covered 125 separate trips between January and September.

Some trips were paid or part-paid by conference hosts, not the council.

Club Melbourne QANTAS Frequent Flyers points paid for by Melbourne Rate Payers

The Herald Sun has reported that the City Council administrators have spent over 250,000 on overseas junkets this year. This is the tip of the Ice berg as many Overseas junkets have been hidden.

The City Council administrators also have another scam going which we reported on earlier. They ring up large sums of Council expenditure on their “personal” credit cards and have the Council pay off the cards but they collect massive QANTAS Frequent Flyer Points in the process. QANTAS has become the under the counter bride Airline. If it’s not trying to bribe Police commissioners it is being used as a way of laundering corporate/government funds without fringe benefits tax. As the saying goes there is no such thing as a “free flight” lunch.

Council must put an end to the QANTAS Frequent Flyer scam but with Staff and Councillors all invloved there is little to no incentive to stop the rort which includes those at the top. QANTAS holds its Annual General Meeting on Friday in Brisbane.

$200,000 splurge on staff trips
Herald Sun – Ian Royall

JET-SETTING Melbourne City Council bureaucrats have spent more than $200,000 on overseas and interstate travel in just nine months this year.

The Town Hall staff have even earned frequent flyer points, racking up thousands of personal credits from the ratepayer-funded trips.

Melbourne’s most-travelled employee is commerce and marketing director Scott Chapman, who has made five overseas and four interstate trips this year.

His $44,000 travel and accommodation bill includes flights to Britain, New York, Beijing, Osaka and Auckland.

In total, he spent more than a month away from Town Hall.

Mr Chapman’s itinerary included a nine-day, $20,000 trip to New York for the G’Day USA conference in January.

Town Hall chief executive Kathy Alexander said Mr Chapman was invited to New York by the Victorian Government because capital city representation was critical.

Melbourne was also represented at trade and investment forums, and also helped to secure the Jersey Boys theatre production for Victoria.

“Melbourne can’t remain a recognised international city without building extensive international relationships and maintaining them,” Dr Alexander said.

Kevin Louey, Lord Mayor John So’s chief of staff who is now running for council, flew to China, India and Japan on the city’s Asian mission.

His bill reached $19,011.

Other trips included:

AN expert in IT flew to Las Vegas for an “online virtualisation conference”.

A RESEARCH manager ran up a $6378 bill for a one-week jaunt to a “international regions benchmarking consortium” conference in Seattle.

ALMOST $15,000 was spent on sending community and culture director Linda Weatherston to New York to share information on homelessness.

The Town Hall staff total of $209,091 covered 125 separate trips between January and September.

Some trips were paid or part-paid by conference hosts, not the council.

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.