Central Coast Council at its Ordinary Meeting of 14 September 2020 2017, made the amendments to its Councillor Expenses and Facilities Policy including the following:
- Clause 22 – General expenses: Council will cover expenses and/or provide facilities deemed appropriate and necessary by the Chief Executive Officer to assist Councillors in the performance of their civic duties. This includes but is not limited to ad hoc events for which there is an associated cost such as corporate events, Council events and events at Council facilities.
- Clause 52a – Council will provide Councillors with access to the Employee Assistance Program as provided to Council employees.
- Clause 91 – Additional facilities for the Mayor: Council will provide the Mayor with a furnished office incorporating a computer configured to Council’s standard operating environment, telephone and meeting space. On the rare occasions where the Mayor is unable to attend the office and use the equipment provided due to an emergency situation, Council will meet the reasonable costs of reimbursement for office equipment up to $500 per occasion as agreed with the Chief Executive Officer.
- Clause 116 – Timeframes for reimbursement: Unless otherwise specified in this Policy, Councillors must provide all claims for reimbursement within three months of an expense being incurred.
As required by Section 253 of the Local Government Act 1993, the amended Councillor Expenses and Facilities Policy will be on exhibition for 28 days in order to seek public submissions. A copy of the full policy can be downloaded from this webpage.
Submissions were to be addressed to the Chief Executive Officer and were accepted between 25 September and 23 October 2020 via email (preferred) firstname.lastname@example.org or post PO Box 20, Wyong NSW 2259.
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