Questions asked about council cars

COUNCIL'S fleet of 37 cars has come under scrutiny by members of the Whitsunday Ratepayers Association who have questioned the number of cars and the number of staff who use these cars.

The association is trying to determine where their money is spent.

Council has 37 cars in the fleet which includes sedans, hatches and four wheel drives.

This figure does not include Council utilities or graders, tractors or slashers that are used as part of the “outdoor workforce”.

Council chief executive John Finlay said Whitsunday Regional Council had a large vehicle fleet to assist in the daily operations of Council in the region.

Mr Finlay said cars were bought based on the requirements of the work that needed to be done.

“Council vehicles are chosen based on the identified need for a particular vehicle to assist the employee in undertaking their work,” he said. “Some employees hold positions that require them to have four wheel drive access where as others may just require a sedan.

“When deciding on a vehicle, Council looks at the vehicles based on its whole of life, value for money.”

Council cars are available for all employees to use for Council business. Mr Finlay said some cars are included in employee salary packaging arrangements and are available for private use. “Salary packages that include the use of a vehicle are common practice in both the public and private sectors,” he said.


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