NSW Gallery of Artwork boss Michael Model slammed for letting taxpayers decide up tab for fancy meals

A public artwork gallery director is beneath hearth for spending 1000’s on fancy meals, alcohol and different bills he billed to taxpayers in the course of the Covid pandemic.

Artwork Gallery of NSW director Michael Model put meals costing over $1,000 together with lots of of {dollars} of separate wine purchases and different bills on his authorities bank card. 

Radio host Ben Fordham referred to as Dr Model a ‘fats cat’ who was ‘having fun at our expense’ on 2GB on Tuesday morning.

Art Gallery of NSW director Michael Brand regularly dropped over $1,000 of taxpayer's money to eat at some of Sydney top restaurants even as Covid slashed the gallery's visitor numbers

Artwork Gallery of NSW director Michael Model repeatedly dropped over $1,000 of taxpayer’s cash to eat at a few of Sydney high eating places at the same time as Covid slashed the gallery’s customer numbers 

‘I feel individuals in NSW will probably be saying, “this bloke’s kidding himself”,’ Fordham mentioned, mentioning Dr Model’s wage of $450K per 12 months is larger than that of NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet.

Fordham referred to as the checklist of eating places Dr Model visited at tax payer expense ‘like one thing out of the Good Meals Information’. 

The receipts uncovered by a Day by day Telegraph freedom of data request present that Dr Model paid  $1,180 to eat at Otto, $1,043 on the now defunct Lucio’s, $1,033 at Firedoor and $779 at Franca Brasserie – all high finish eating places in interior Sydney.

Nonetheless, his taxpayer-funded largesse didn’t finish there as a result of in August 2021 he dropped $708 at Canberra’s Raku Eating earlier than racking up $532 at interior Sydney restaurant Overseas Return a few days later.

Dr Model additionally didn’t maintain again on utilizing his authorities Citibank bank card for alcohol purchases.

A favorite bottle-o was was Sydney’s Elizabeth Bay Cellars the place he made tax-funded purchases price $718 in August of 2020, adopted by $212 the following month and $550 in December 2021.

In that very same month he additionally spent $254 with a US firm, Classic Liquors. 

The Art Gallery of NSW has defended Dr Brand's taxpayer-funded largesse as hospitality, arguing that he has helped raise $109 million for its expansion and other projects

The Art Gallery of NSW has defended Dr Brand's taxpayer-funded largesse as hospitality, arguing that he has helped raise $109 million for its expansion and other projects

The Artwork Gallery of NSW has defended Dr Model’s taxpayer-funded largesse as hospitality, arguing that he has helped increase $109 million for its growth and different tasks

Different bills picked by the taxpayer embrace a $420 taxi journey this 12 months, $447.50 at Sit Again and Loosen up furnishings retailer and $59 at open air clothes retailer Kathmandu.

Fordham famous a lot of the spending occurred throughout a time of widespread hardship.

‘This was throughout (Covid) lockdowns when 1,000,000 individuals misplaced their jobs and lots of of companies went beneath,’ he mentioned.

‘It was a time of economic disaster however not for artwork gallery boss Michael Model.’ 

Throughout the Covid interval guests to the gallery plunged by virtually two thirds, from 1,587,386 to 666,572. 

An Artwork Gallery of NSW spokeswoman defended Dr Model’s bills as hospitality to lift cash from companions and donors. 

‘This engagement has made attainable the Artwork Gallery elevating $109million {dollars} by its philanthropic capital marketing campaign for its main growth, the Sydney Fashionable Mission, opening in December,’ the spokeswoman mentioned.

‘Bank card bills incurred by the director are authorised by delegated officers and the president of the Board of Trustees. These bills are inside authorised limits and instantly align with the function and obligations.’

Fordham mentioned at a time the NSW authorities is beneath strain to seek out more cash for nurses, paramedics and academics, this defence wouldn’t cross ‘the pub check’.

‘If you find yourself working for the taxpayer your spending should align with neighborhood expectations,’ Fordham mentioned. 

He didn’t counsel Dr Model had damaged the foundations, as decided by the gallery’s board, however quite that the foundations needed to change. 

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