Breaking links with tradition

Taylar AmoniniNorth West Telegraph

Port Hedland Mayor Camilo Blanco has gone against the grain, opting out of wearing a mayoral chain.

Mr Blancosaid the decision was made in the best interest of ratepayers and community, not out of disrespect for council.

“Mayoral chains can cost anywhere between $10,000 to $20,000 and this is a cost borne by ratepayers,” he said.

“I don’t believe ratepayers should be footing the bill for something that is not legislatively required. This money will be redirected towards the community.”

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When former Mayor Kelly Howlett stepped down from office, council decided to let her keep the mayoral chain because it was bought for her by a community group.

“Many Mayors are refusing to wear the chain, it’s an outdated tradition and doesn’t impact on how we carry out our job in the community,” Mr Blanco reasoned.

“This decision is supported by the organisation and I hope it is also supported by the community.”

The mayor of the City of Karratha and the president of the Shire of Ashburton also don’t have chains of office. The Shire of East Pilbara recently voted to have a chain of office made for their Shire President.

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