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Businessperson can again chair Shepparton Show Me

Greater Shepparton City Council has resolved to allow the Shepparton Show Me committee to elect any of its members as chairperson.

DARREN LINTON July 17, 2014 3:27am

Cr Les Oroszvary

A business leader could be back at the helm of promotional body Shepparton Show Me next month after Greater Shepparton City Council cleared the way for any member of the committee to nominate.

The council has nominated and appointed a councillor to chair the committee since 2012.

The shift occurred when the previous council moved to take tighter control of the committee, which has an annual promotional budget of more than $600000.

It also set up an independent assessment of the committee’s operations and put in place a reference group to make recommendations on its future operation.

At Tuesday’s council meeting, a report confirmed the committee had successfully implemented the recommendations and had even gone beyond the required changes to ensure better transparency, appropriate governance and to revitalise the committee.

Councillors voted to change the delegated authority to again allow the committee to elect any one of its members as chair, a move welcomed by Barry Smith, who was in that position when the change was made in 2012.

‘‘That’s democracy, hopefully we can get back to where we were before the council took over and deliver some good results for our stakeholders, it’s their money,’’ he said.

Present chairman Cr Les Oroszvary moved four separate motions in relation to the organisation at Tuesday’s meeting, including the one that could see him replaced in the position.

He told the meeting the changes reflected the strategic direction needed to get ‘‘bang for buck’’ for stakeholders.

One of the key changes is the appointment of a panel of providers for marketing and promotion services.

The committee will revert to six-month reporting and will have greater control of its own funds.

‘‘It is a success story when you think back 12 months ago there was doubt as to whether it would survive,’’ Cr Dennis Patterson said.

At the same meeting, the council endorsed the appointment of Mr Smith and John Montagner to the committee for the next year and new applicants Shane Sali and Peter Radevski for two years.

The committee delegation will also be changed to limit committee members to two consecutive terms, a measure the committee recommended to ensure new members and ideas.

The committee has also been given the green light to use funds for a part-time administrative officer.

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