Stirling smashes it

STIRLING staff getting into prangs in their council-funded cars are costing ratepayers about $240,000 every year.

Woodlands resident R Hadley recently asked how much was being spent on panel beating during council’s public question time, after he noticed that the $185,000 budgeted annually for smash repairs
was ballooning out every year for the
past five years.

Mayor Mark Irwin took the questions on notice and a written response was provided saying they’re trying to crash less.

“The city continues to focus on reducing vehicle related incidents and is on track to meet or underspend the budget figure in the current financial year,” it said.

Mr Hadley also asked how they decided to award the tender to S&A Smash Repairs of Osborne Park.

The city’s response said the council chose S&A in 2016 as they were the best of three tenderers based on experience, price, qualifications and workmanship.

The council spends about $10 million every year on buying new cars and utility vehicles, and repairing its existing fleet.

The use of the $80,000 city vehicles by the mayor and CEO have drawn criticism in the past, but when he became mayor in October 2017, Cr Irwin said he didn’t need a council car and it was auctioned off. The CEO still uses his city-supplied luxury car.

by DAVID BELL

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