Council scarves concept altered
FORGET the gloves, it's the scarves set to come off at City Hall today.
Deputy Mayor Rose Swadling will today move a motion that would see the removal of scarves as a gift from council to female staff in recognition of women in local government.
Last month council backed a motion by Cr Swadling to support the Year of Women in Local Government by issuing all 456 female staff with a commemorative scarf at a cost of $18.14 each.
The move, which would have cost ratepayers about $10,000, drew heavy criticism from some in the community.
Cr Swadling has written to council's chief executive officer Evan Pardon proposing to amend the previous resolution “to focus more on intent and participation”.
The new motion, if approved, will authorise Mr Pardon to support the female staff “by facilitation and promotion of staff arranged functions, where appropriate, within the regional council's jurisdiction”.
Today's council meeting starts at 9.30am with a strategic planning meeting later in the day from 3pm.