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 2023

Date receivedCouncillorDescription of giftDonerAccepted or refusedValue
10 January Cr Victor Franco2 booksProgressive Atheists IncAccepted$70
20 February Cr Victor FrancoCoffee mugJohn Gardiner Rover Crew – 1st Glen IrisAccepted$10
17 MayCr Victor FrancoBottle of wineU3A HawthornAccepted$25
12 JulyCr Lisa HollingsworthFramed photo print 53 cm x 43 cmRaymond GruchyAccepted$200
2 SeptemberCr Victor FrancoBottle of wineCamberwell Bowls ClubAccepted$20
10 SeptemberCr Wes Gault2 complimentary tickets to a concertZelman Memorial Symphony OrchestraAccepted$190
23 NovemberCr Victor FrancoBook voucherHumanists VictoriaAccepted$60
25 NovemberCr Cynthia WatsonComplimentary ticket to a concert "Double Concertos"Zelman Symphony OrchestraAccepted$90
8 DecemberCr Cynthia WatsonTicket to "The Hunchback of Notre Dame"Geoffrey McComas TheatreAccepted$55

Gifts, benefits and hospitality register 2022

Date receivedCouncillorDescription of giftDonerAccepted or refusedValue
12 January Cr Garry ThompsonMayoral gift for 2020/21City of BoroondaraAccepted$716.59
18 February Cr Victor FrancoBusiness card holderJapan Local Government Centre (CLAIR)Accepted$40
18 February Cr Victor FrancoHospitality – lunchJapan Local Government Centre (CLAIR)Accepted$60
March Cr Cynthia WatsonAged red ginsengKorean Society of VictoriaAccepted$75
March Cr Cynthia Watson2 pairs of chopsticks and metal spoonsKorean Society of VictoriaAccepted$50
6 March Cr Jane Addis2 promotional magazines and a plaqueMelbourne Church of South IndiaAccepted – to be provided to appropriate charityN/A
30 March Cr Nick StavrouInvitation to the VMC multicultural dinnerOffice of the Hon David Davis MPAccepted 
April Cr Cynthia Watson3 tubes of tennis ballsMitcham Football ClubAccepted$50
29 April Cr Jane AddisDoor prizeVietnamese Society, AshburtonRefused – gift returned to donor$10
29 April Cr Jane AddisDouble pass to Zelman Memorial ConcertVice President, Zelman SymphonyAccepted$90
29 April Cr Cynthia WatsonDouble pass to Zelman Memorial ConcertVice President, Zelman SymphonyAccepted$90
11 May Cr Di Gillies2 tickets to Zelman Symphony eventGeorge Deutsch, Zelman SymphonyAccepted$90
17 May Cr Jane AddisSunday Service: the Balwyn Rotary Sunday Market bookBalwyn Rotary ClubAccepted – to be included in the civic collection$90
27 MayCr Susan BiggarTicket to the annual Old Scotch Collegians' Association DinnerOld Scotch Collegians' AssociationAccepted$175
28 MayCr Lisa Hollingsworth2 tickets to Camberwell Showtime at Hawthorn Arts CentreJan Black, Camberwell ShowtimeAccepted$56
7 June Cr Jane AddisNotepad and Keep CupStrathcona Girls SchoolAccepted – to be provided to appropriate charityEstimated $20
AugustCr Jane AddisBookJoyce BrownAccepted – forwarded for inclusion in the civic collectionN/A
23 AugustCr Victor FrancoPro bono legal representationMaurice Blackburn LawyersAcceptedEstimated $15,000
24 AugustCr Jane AddisBunch of flowersBalwyn Community CentreAccepted$50
3 SeptemberCr Jane Addis2 tickets for Zelman concert Zelman SymphonyAccepted$90
14 SeptemberCr Jane AddisBookKew Historical SocietyAccepted – forwarded for inclusion in the civic collection$25
3 DecemberCr Jane AddisConcert ticketsZelman SymphonyAccepted$90
3 DecemberCr Di GilliesConcert ticketsZelman SymphonyAccepted$90
8 DecemberCr Cynthia Watson2 bottles of wineFirst National Real EstateAccepted – shared with other Councillors



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