Jetsetting mayor racks up big bill
MORETON BAY Regional Council amassed close to $70,000 in overseas travel bills this past financial year, on top of almost $80,000 in other expenses.
The expense claims were included in the council Annual Report for 2017/18 which was adopted on October 23.
Mayor Allan Sutherland accounted for most of the overseas travel expenditure travelling to Singapore, Japan, Korea and the United States.
The trips to Singapore and Japan were part of the Council of Mayors Business Mission.
He visited Korea in September 2017 for the Asia Pacific Cities Summit.
And then Boston, USA, in June this year for the BIO International Convention as part of the state government's delegation.
Council CEO Daryl Hitzman, council Manager of Strategic Planning Kate Isles and council director of Planning and Development Stewart Pentland took turns accompanying the mayor on the trips.
This is a big jump up from the zero dollars claimed for overseas travel during the 2016/17 financial year and the $33,000 the year before.
Altogether Moreton Bay Regional councillor's claimed $79,398 in expenses.
This was $35,327 less than the previous year.
Of the councillors Darren Grimwade (Div 11) and Adam Hain (Div 3) had the highest expenses - claiming $8,344.95 and $7,308.05 respectively.
Councillor Julie Greer (Div 4) had the smallest claims bill at just $512.72.
To read the full report visit moretonbay.qld.gov.au/annual-report
A Year in Moreton Bay (2017/18)
■ 10,000 new residents
■ 4300 building approvals
■ 12,280 new and existing house, unit and land sales
■ 55 hectares of new parks
■ 15 kilometres of new local roads
■ 1400 new registered businesses
■ 2300 new jobs created