High flying Ballarat councillors and staff could spend $50k on two international trips

February 20, 2023 4:07 pm in by
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City of Ballarat council officers are recommending rate payers money be used for two international trips this year with a combined cost of more than $50,000.

They say three representatives should be flown to the 20th anniversary celebrations of the friendship agreement with Timor Leste at a cost of $12,440, as well as five people to the 35th anniversary of the sister-city relationship with Inagawa in Japan for approximately $38,000.

Twenty community members have indicated interest to join the delegation and will pay their own way including accommodation and other associated costs.

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Councillors will vote on the travel at Wednesday night’s council meeting.