Council car the better way to go
MOVING up through the council gears, Fraser Coast councillor Debbie Hawes put the brakes on David Dalgleish at this week’s meeting of the council.
The former Woocoo shire councillor told the meeting that her decision to take a council car after her election two years ago had been carefully calculated.
She was responding to Mr Dalgleish’s announcement last month that he had donated his salary rise to charity and had not accepted a ratepayer-funded car.
“Councillor Dalgleish stated he had wanted to lead by example by not taking an expensive ratepayer-funded car,” Ms Hawes said.
“The inference there was that the rest of us are a bigger burden to the ratepayer.”
Ms Hawes outlined the costs related to the provision of a vehicle to an elected member, estimating that a two-year turnover averaging 25,000km per annum cost the ratepayer $9764.
The reimbursement policy for councillors who use their own vehicle provides for a maximum of 18,000km for reimbursement at a rate of 74c per kilometre.
This equates to a potential reimbursement of $13,320.
“The policy includes a maximum amount claimable because after this it was more cost-effective to provide a council-maintained vehicle,” she said.
“The amount of kilometres I travel in a year far exceeds the amount allowed for in using a private vehicle, as I am sure would be the case for the other councillors.
“This information, given to us at the time by the director, provided the basis for my making the decision to take a council car.”