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MAYNE COURSE: Greedy Melbourne councillor Stephen Mayne under corruption cloud over rorting free-meals entitlement at Town Hall

CouncillorstephenmayneUnemployed Melbourne city councillor Stephen Mayne, who does not live or own property in the inner-city municipality nor maintain business premises within it, as he is required to do so, is under a corruption cloud over his abuse of the free-lunch policy at the Melbourne Town Hall.

Concerned ratepayers are understood to be making complaint to the Independent Broad-based Commission Against Corruption about Mayne’s dodgy enrolment at the election and his abuse of entitlements for private benefit.

Mayne, a once notorious and friendless internet slagger who these days suffers from relevance deprivation syndrome, was accused by former Crikey partners of defrauding them when the “business” was sold to millionaire publisher Eric Beecher, found himself elected to the CBD-based council last year by fluke and, sources say, has had his snout – and trotters – in the trough ever since.

Few ratepayers realise the Melbourne councillors have a practically unlimited amount of restaurant-quality meals and unlimited alcohol supplied to their offices by request over the phone. These are described euphemistically as “internal sustenance arrangements.” A daily menu is provided in the councillors’ suite and is usually lovingly pored over by Councillor Mayne and occasionally others.

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Melbourne city councillors for the most part – usually busy and productive people working other jobs – do the right thing with this entitlement. They use it sparingly.

No other public official gets freebie in-house meals. Has Mayne’s corruption of this perk cost Melbourne councillors their free lunch?

Mayne, who is currently unemployed other than occasional low-paid speaking gigs and “work” at the Shareholders Association which they immediately regretted giving him and have now determined to flick him from, is well known among appalled Council officers to be “massively” rorting the free-meals entitlement.

It is believed that Mayne principally relies on his $40,000 council honorarium as a principal source of income and avoids buying any meals for himself, making the fullest possible use of Council a la carte catering and a long series of invitations to anything, once he’s clarified a free and lavish meal is on offer.

Sources familiar with the situation explain that Mayne is not only a council lunch-a-lot but he is also an enthusiastic practitioner of the takeaway scenario, taking back to his outer suburban Templestowe pile, to long-suffering wifey Paula and brats as much freebie food, including smoked salmon, gourmet beef cuts and pastry delicacies as he can carry. The efficiency dividend has yet to hit the Town Hall’s provision of lavish meals to Councillor Mayne, wags say.

Regularly taking ratepayer-funded food and beverages home in this manner could be argued to constitute corruption under the IBAC laws or possibly theft under the Crimes Act. Unfortunately for Mayne, closed circuit vision of such activities are retained by council security. Some see his rorting as all the more ironic given his corruption claims against councillors on the Manningham council, from which he resigned in disgrace after being referred to a councillor conduct panel over his allegations, and the Melbourne council which he slammed as full of campaign finance and entitlement rorters before the last election.

The council – which has not yet released councillor expenses for the newly elected council – has not routinely released data relating to councillor or officer use of the Council kitchens, outsourced to an up-market catering company that provides its services to those hiring Council facilities and to the Council itself.

VEXNEWS understands the council’s own in-house catering bill runs into hundreds of thousands of dollars. Other than Mayne’s greedy abuse of the generosity, we make no allegations of wrongdoing in relation to other councillors or officers at this stage.

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  1. Imagine how much taxpayer funded food Vex would eat if they get their snouts in the trough!
    The rorting in councils, whilst disgusting, is nothing compared to Spring St and Club Well Fed.

    Posted by pitchforks | April 22, 2013, 15:12
  2. I wonder if KFC are on the catering list Andrew? Perhaps you could strap on the feedbag with Mr Mayne?

    Posted by Darren | April 22, 2013, 15:32
  3. Of course, the inevitable post prandial illness would then have a rather non-specific cause…

    Posted by Darren | April 22, 2013, 15:41
  4. There is complimentary Nandos stand rumoured to be in bowels of Town Hall.

    Posted by Anon | April 22, 2013, 16:38
  5. Give it up. He’s the best thinker on the council.

    Posted by Denis | April 22, 2013, 20:32
  6. Any left over food would only be thrown out so why waste it? I assume that the other councillors got their fill first and by looking at the big guts on some of them they seem to eat well.

    Posted by Adrian Jackson | April 22, 2013, 20:39
  7. Mr Mayne is always after freebies. I suspect a lot of his holidays at RACV resorts may not be paid for.

    Posted by Horace | April 22, 2013, 21:21
  8. no ex brimbank people thanks

    Posted by Wild joker | April 22, 2013, 21:38
  9. In the spirit of openness, let’s publish each Councillor’s expenditure and the number of Committee meetings they attended in the relevant period.

    Posted by Giuseppe De Simone | April 22, 2013, 21:45
  10. Mayne does not need to live or own property in the City of Melbourne. He would need to be a director of a company that does own property and that company can nominate him as their proxy.

    Posted by Polster | April 23, 2013, 7:43
  11. No, polster, that’s the old system, Mayne fraudulently enrolled by pretending to occupy an office in Gary Morgan’s building. What will the investigation reveal?

    The new system is that you have to be a director or company secretary of a company that occupies or owns property. Who would allow bankrupt Mayne to be a director of their own company? No wonder he came up with a fraudulent enrolment scheme.

    Posted by bring on IBAC | April 23, 2013, 9:13
  12. Just imagine how much rorting (not to mention life-time ratepayer funded pensions) would be required if local government is accorded a spot in the Constitution.

    Posted by sillyoldbugger | April 23, 2013, 9:42
  13. this is shocking news – wish I had a decent job so I could report it!

    Posted by Hillary Bray | April 23, 2013, 9:53
  14. Poor, poor Stephen, who is obviously suffering mental issues and with not a friend in the world. The poor, pathetic turd is indeed irrelevant.

    Posted by Roy Tuswell Seat Sniffer | April 23, 2013, 9:53
  15. Small potatoes. This is a distraction from the real issues.

    Posted by Martha Farkas | April 23, 2013, 10:44
  16. So what has changed. No different from enrolling in a $7,000 director’s course at the expense of Manningham rate payers after he had already signaled his intention to resign

    Posted by Mayniac | April 23, 2013, 11:33
  17. I fail to see why ratepayers are expected to foot the bill for any alcohol except maybe at special hosting events.

    Under Robert Doyle we have seen a distinct reduction in declaration of expenses. No longer are out-of-pocket expenses related to interstate and overseas travel declared on the Councillor expense register. Staff title and departments has been removed from the Councils travel register making it impossible to determine which departments are the biggest spenders on interstate and overseas travel,

    It is a free for all when it comes to extras.

    Councillors expenses are due out at the end of this week.

    We will be watching with much interest to see who has claimed what.

    We will be also on the lookout to see if expenses not related to Council have been claimed.

    Already we know that Cathy Oake is claiming expenses for overseas travel related to her executive role on ICLIE a international junket organsiation set up by ex City Councillor Martin Brennan.

    Why the city of Melbourne is paying costs associated with the executive administration costs of a third party organisations is beyond me.

    If Stephen Mayne was elected MAV president would ratepayers be expected to pick up the tab for his MAV executive duties? No.

    It most certainly should not be funding Stephen Mayne’s personal political rampage and tirades against Australia’s Corporate sector.

    Melbourne City Councillors and the Lord Mayor should be aware that their expenses are closely monitored and any contravention or misuse of expenses will be reported to the Local Government Inspectorate to ensure strict compliance with the Local Government Act and regulations.

    Posted by Melbcity | April 23, 2013, 21:24
  18. Another dog like Dean Mighell.

    Posted by jimmy | April 27, 2013, 10:30
  19. Did you see the word ‘donation’ in the Mayne Report graphic? Don’t you have to be registered with Consumer Affairs Victoria to seek donations from anyone? Aren’t there very strict legislative requirements if you have sought donations, as Mayne has at his website. Could this mean Mayne might be disqualified as a MCC Councillor? Go get em Vexnews.

    Posted by Paula | April 28, 2013, 16:18
  20. Earlier on this year Stephen Mayne supported a motion by Greens Councillors Rohan Leppert and Cathy Oake seeking to refer the Lord Mayor, Robert Doyle, and the Victorian Police to IBAC in relation to allegations surrounding the Occupy Melbourne eviction from City Square

    Stephen Mayne and the Greens motion was pure grandstanding and was rightly rejected by the City of Melbourne on a 7-4 vote.

    Any individual can make a complaint directly to IBAC. it does not require approval or request from the City Council.

    It needs to be noted that none of the complaining councillors had lodged any complaints before or following the failed motion designed to bring the Council and Victoria Police into disrepute. Something that is an offense under the Victorian Local Government Act that has severe penalties.

    Extract from IBAC website

    Any person can make a complaint to IBAC about Victorian public sector corrupt conduct or police personnel misconduct. A complaint to IBAC must be in writing, unless it is determined by IBAC that there are exceptional circumstances as to why it is unable to be provided in this form.

    Victorian public sector bodies include government departments and statutory authorities (including Victoria Police), local councils, schools and universities, public hospitals, Members of Parliament, judges and magistrates.

    If you think IBAC is the correct agency to handle your complaint please report it to us. If you are unsure please refer to other places to lodge a complaint or contact us so we can assist you.

    Posted by Misuse of Public Office | May 2, 2013, 22:12
  21. Melbourne City Council has released its quarterly expense statements.

    https://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/AboutCouncil/MayorCouncillors/Pages/Expenses.aspx

    Missing from the expense statements is the cost of Internal Catering and the costs associated with Free Car Parking provided to City Councillors

    The free Booze account must be staggering but because it is not a direct expense that is reimbursed to Councillors for out-of-pocket expenses it does not show up on the published register.

    Posted by Melbcity | May 3, 2013, 1:42
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    Posted by Anonymous | May 5, 2013, 18:04
  23. _p, _S, _P

    Posted by Wild joker | May 5, 2013, 18:07
  24. How thompson

    Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2013, 0:19
  25. a sign

    Posted by long gone | May 7, 2013, 23:50
  26. Naughty boy

    Posted by Anonymous | May 8, 2013, 22:23

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