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Council car on shaky ground

A COUNCIL vehicle used by Stanthorpe-based councillors in the last term to get to meetings in Warwick is under review, following the outcome of the April election.

With five out of the nine councillors based in Stanthorpe for most of the previous term, a sedan was allocated for their car pooling use.

But with one new councillor based in Killarney in the form of Jamie Mackenzie, and second time around councillor Glyn Rees based in Allora, councillors this week agreed the situation needed to be reviewed.

A report from council officers to this week's special meeting stated the vehicle was provided "in recognition of the number of councillors residing in the Stanthorpe area and the fact that the majority of the council business is conducted in Warwick".

"Due to the recent change in the number of councillors residing in the Stanthorpe area, and the addition of councillors from towns other than Warwick in the northern part of the region, it is prudent to reconsider the vehicle arrangement."

The report also noted the arrangement for the former Warwick Shire Council was for the Deputy Mayor to maintain control of the second vehicle, with use by other councillors, as needed.

The issue of the Stanthorpe vehicle raised eyebrows at the Daily News candidate forum at the Warwick RSL in early April, when now-former councillor and 2012 mayoral candidate Mally McMurtie voiced concern about the wisdom of up to five councillors travelling in the one vehicle, in the event of a crash.

No timeframe has yet been specified for the review, with councillors also due to further debate a new policy on reimbursement of their expenses.

Topics:  car councillors expenses stanthorpe



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