Federation Council Mayor Pat Bourke has confirmed there was a rescission motion put to the November 21 Ordinary Council Meeting by Councillors David Longley, Gail Law, and Paul Miegel that related to the appointment of the Interim General Manager.
“This rescission motion was not included within the business paper for the meeting and a motion was not passed allowing the consideration of the item in accordance with Council’s Code of Meeting Practice, so the item was not considered at this meeting,” he said.
Former Federation Council Director Infrastructure and Environment Adrian Butler, who quit Federation Council in May this year under terms not disclosed by Federation Council, was appointed council’s interim General Manager from December 1.
The temporary appointment was decided at an extraordinary meeting of Federation Council last week.
The councillors who supported the rescission motion seemed unhappy with the outcome after the meeting.
Councillor Gail Law provided a statement to the Free Press after the council meeting.
“It is in my opinion that new information has come to light in respect to the appointment of an Interim General Manager for Federation Council,” she said in the statement.
“I am concerned and I feel it is necessary that this information be taken into consideration before moving forward with an appointment and that is why I support the rescission motion that was moved to be discussed at today’s meeting but was declined.
“The appointment of a General Manager, whether it be interim or long term, is a decision for the whole council and it is important that the whole council discusses all information regarding the appointment of this position and takes it into consideration.
“This rescission is by no means an attack at any one person. The purpose is to ensure that anyone involved in the process follows the process diligently to achieve the best outcome for our organisation and that of our communities.”
Meanwhile, Federation Council’s 2016-17 Annual Report was adopted at the November meeting.
Under ‘Statutory Reports, Cost of Legal Proceedings’ is an itemised council incurred cost of $54,308 for an industrial relations case, listed as ‘finalised’.
The report also lists under ‘Remuneration to Senior Staff’ the total salary component for the senior staff as $173,530.13.
Under ‘Bonus, Performance payments or other payments’ is an additional amount of $187,603.79. There is no clarification as to which senior staff member to which this payment was made, however council did confirm it was made to just one staff member.
According to a statement from Federation Council, “included in the Annual Report is a line item payment of $54,308 for an industrial relations case for the 2016-2017 financial year”.
“Council can confirm that this relates to one industrial case. Any further details on this would need to be requested and assessed via a GIPA (Government Information Public Access) application,” according to the statement.
“The amount of $187,603.79 paid to a senior member of staff relates to other payments for senior officers as defined by the Local Government Act.”
Given the rescission motion was not accepted at the November meeting, there has been no indication from Federation Council as to whether Mr Butler’s appointment will be revisited or when.