Council splashes cash on global travels
HAWAII, Copenhagen, Seoul and Paris were some of the cities visited by a jetsetting group of councillors and senior executives.
The trips were recorded in council’s 2018-19 Annual Report, which was adopted by councillors at Thursday’s ordinary meeting in Caloundra.
CEO Michael Whittaker’s travel bill was the heftiest.
In August-September, 2018, as council’s representative on the Local Government Association of Queensland Zero Waste Study Tour, he visited Copenhagen, Barcelona, London, Miami, Philadelphia and Los Angeles, at a cost of $24,900.
He also visited Singapore as part of a strategic innovation program in September, 2018, at a cost of $3465.
Group executive of economic and community development, Greg Laverty, was also in Singapore in September, 2018 at a Submarine Networks conference at a cost of $6802.
He also went to Hawaii in January this year, to attend the Pacific Telecommunications Council Annual Conference, which cost $6286, and in March he went to Paris for $3955 for a trip related to the Sunshine Coast International Broadband Network.
Mayor Mark Jamieson went to New York in mid-June for the Intelligent Communities Forum Global Summit, at a cost of $17,082.
His chief of staff, Craig Matheson, also attended, with his bill coming to $5422.
Head of economic development, Paul Martins, also attended the Submarine Networks conference in Singapore in September, 2018, which cost $8363.
Council’s industry investment facilitator Kerrianne Haggie was in Seoul in October, 2018, to attend and present at the International Conference on Leisure Sport Industry and participate in Korea Leisure Sport Festival, at a cost of $1063.
Chief innovation officer Scott Bourke and business and innovation manager Paul Skillen both attended the Meeting of the Minds conference in San Francisco in October last year, which cost $4253 and $3650 respectively.
Deputy Mayor Tim Dwyer visited Denver and Boulder in Colorado in March for business, government and academic meetings and site visits, in a trip worth $6319.
Head of industry advancement Anne Lawrence also attended, at a cost of $4648.
The council’s customer service and IT delivery manager Mark Reynolds visited Paris and Calais in March, 2019, at a cost of $4252, as part of a Sunshine Coast International Broadband Network trip.