Dot Holdom, Kevin Skinner, Mike Rayner, Joan Van Lieshout, Warren Polglase, Barry Longland, Phil Youngbutt and Katie Milne
Dot Holdom, Kevin Skinner, Mike Rayner, Joan Van Lieshout, Warren Polglase, Barry Longland, Phil Youngbutt and Katie Milne Blainey Woodham

Tweed's former council splurge

TWEED’S former council administrators went on a spending splurge in their final three months in office, the council’s annual report shows.

Figures buried in the report reveal that in their final three months, administrators Garry Payne and Max Boyd spent more than half the amount they claimed for the entire previous year.

The average of their expenses also came close to that claimed in the next nine months by each of seven councillors who replaced them in September last year.

The bill was boosted by air fares for administrator Mr Payne who commuted from Sydney.

Mayor Warren Polglase, whose council has come under fire for hiding the individual expenses of each councillor due to secrecy introduced under the administrators, said the administrators’ expenses were “worth highlighting”.

“The expenses were never exposed under administration,” he said. “Those things were buried in the bowels of the annual report.”

In their final three months, Mr Boyd and Mr Payne racked up a total expenses bill of $41,801.

During the previous year when the expenses totalled $81,724, their ranks briefly included Sydney-based Frank Willan.

Excluding fees for attending meetings, the two administrators billed the council $26,556 in the final three months of their term – an average of $4,426 each per month.

By comparison, the current councillors spent an average $1,937 each a month over nine months, excluding meeting fees and the wages for a mayoral assistant which have since been added into the expenses total.

In their final three months, the two administrators spent $25,775 on travel and extra meeting expenses. That was more than for the whole of the previous year for three administrators when the claim was $23,990.

Next week the councillors are likely to vote on lifting secrecy which has barred them from revealing exactly how much each councillor claims.



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