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Earlier this year Cr Claire Scanlan spoke out about gender inequalities in Local Government

Swan Council culture review

By Claire Ottaviano

A PUSH for a workplace culture review at City of Swan Council is expected to come before councillors for adoption at the August 25 monthly meeting.

The motion by Cr Claire Scanlan requests a report on the scope of the review as well as quotations and a budget amendment to include its funding in the annual budget.

Cr Scanlan said workplace culture reviews provided an opportunity to identify issues, improve work practices, and bring about positive behavioural change.

“Whilst councillors are not considered employees of the City of Swan, the council environment is like a workplace, and should be a safe and healthy environment for councillors to carry out their work,” her motion said.

“A workplace culture review for councillors would provide the council with an opportunity to look for improvements in the lead up to the [local government] elections.”

In Swan councillor calls out inequality in chamber (Echo News, April 9), Cr Scanlan said she was “disappointed in local government” and pointed out inequalities between men and women in the government sector.

While not referencing City of Swan directly, she said council was a “boy’s club”.

In response to the comments City of Swan Mayor Kevin Bailey said addressing gender equality was everyone’s responsibility

“This is an important national conversation we’re having, and the local government sector has a role in levelling the playing field,” Cr Bailey said in April.

“As Mayor, I am always open to hearing ideas or feedback from councillors to improve the performance and operations of council.”

Swan chief executive Jeremy Edwards said the City had a comprehensive councillor induction program, and following the October local government elections the City was looking at expanding the mentoring/training program to give more support to new councillors.

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