The Local Government Act 2020 requires councils to adopt a Councillor Gift Policy.

At its meeting held on 29 March 2021, Council adopted the Councillor Gift Policy. The purpose of the policy is to provide guidance to councillors relating to the acceptance or otherwise of a gift or other benefits such as hospitality, favours, entertainment and services offered to a councillor.

The policy establishes a framework and a clear understanding for the acceptance and declaration of gifts, benefits and hospitality by councillors to ensure the highest standard of integrity, transparency and accountability is maintained at all times.

    Gifts, benefits and hospitality register 

    Date received Councillor Description of gift Doner Accepted or refused Value
    Thursday 21 January 2021 Cr Garry Thompson Invitation to attend Australian Open on 12 February 2021 Tennis Victoria - President Jacqueline Pirone Refused $200
    Wednesday 17 March 2021 Cr Lisa Hollingsworth Bunch of flowers Hartwell Neighbourhood Watch Accepted and retained by councillor $20
    Saturday 10 April 2021 Cr Victor Franco OSFC Centenary History Book Old Scotch Football Club Accepted and retained by councillor $49.95
    Sunday 2 May 2021 Cr Victor Franco Tickets to concert U3A Hawthorn Accepted and retained by councillor $30
    Tuesday 1 June 2021 Cr Cynthia Watson 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle Rotary Club Balwyn Accepted and retained by councillor $25
    Saturday 19 June 2021 Cr Di Gillies 2 tickets to concert on 19 June 2021 Vice President, Zelman Symphony Accepted and retained by councillor $78
    Saturday 19 June 2021 Cr Cynthia Watson 2 tickets to concert on 19 June 2021 Vice President, Zelman Symphony Accepted and retained by councillor $78
    Saturday 19 June 2021 Cr Jane Addis 2 tickets to concert on 19 June 2021 Vice President, Zelman Symphony Accepted and retained by councillor $78
    Saturday 3 July 2021 Cr Cynthia Watson Double pass for Zelman Memorial Symphony concert Vice President, Zelman Symphony Accepted and retained by councillor $78
    Saturday 3 July 2021 Cr Jane Addis Double pass for Zelman Memorial Symphony concert Vice President, Zelman Symphony Accepted and retained by councillor $78
    Saturday 3 July 2021 Cr Di Gillies Double pass for Zelman Memorial Symphony concert Vice President, Zelman Symphony Accepted and retained by councillor $78
    Monday 15 November 2021 Cr Jane Addis Bottle of wine Paul Dover Refused and returned to doner $50
    Friday 10 December 2021 Cr Victor Franco Two wine glasses City of Camberwell Tennis Club Accepted and retained by councillor $50
    Friday 10 December 2021 Cr Victor Franco Bottle of wine Camberwell Bowls Club Accepted and retained by councillor $11

    More information

    For more information, contact Manager Governance and Legal on (03) 9278 4470.


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