EXCLUSIVE: Fresh from revelations here that Perth mayor Lisa Scaffidi is planning a ratepayer-funded visit to chic Bunker Bay to covertly caucus with property developers, oneperth.com.au can now reveal that after a trip to Texas next month she wants a sojourn in Sydney to speak at an event at which ratepayers will be charged $3075 for her to register.
As one of its focus-detracting, non-editorial money-making measures, which includes operating a noodle market, the troubled Fairfax newspaper company will in June run a ‘national infrastructure summit’ at the five-star Four Seasons Hotel in Sydney.
Mrs Scaffidi, embroiled in a travel scandal first exposed by this reporter back in 2009, is the only non-Sydney mayor planning to speak at the event, on June 15 after she returns from a ‘world energy cities partnership’ gig next month in Houston.
If Mrs Scaffidi’s participation is approved next week by a pow-wow of Perth councillors, Fairfax Media will charge her $3075 to be what it calls a “key speaker”, but Perth ratepayers will foot the bill.
Ratepayers will also have to cough up $4000 for return flights, and $400 for Mrs Scaffidi’s accommodation in Sydney.
A report from the office of Perth council CEO Martin Mileham says Mrs Scaffidi’s attendance “provides an opportunity to gain insights from key stakeholders regarding Australia’s infrastructure priorities and associated strategies”.
“This could enhance Perth’s capital city status in a federal election year,” the report continues.
Despite the lofty title of “key speaker”, the $3075 registration fee will only secure Mrs Scaffidi a seat at a panel discussion chaired by a Fairfax journo, at which she will have to compete for attention with long-serving Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore.
Real speeches will be reserved for political heavyweights including New South Wales Premier Mike Baird, and Federal Labor leader Bill Shorten.
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