In a tense first council meeting for 2014 Moira Shire Councillors voted unanimously to call for tenders for an independent probity auditor.FIONA BLICK February 18, 2014 3:48pm
This motion comes despite other media outlets reporting Albury-based Rob Salisbury & Associates had already been chosen to carry out the independent audit at a cost of $60,000.
Cr Kevin Bourke said at the meeting held in Cobram on Monday night this step was just a “technicality” which council must go through to satisfy local government authorities that due process had been followed.
Cr Ed Cox asked for written clarification by acting CEO Peter Bertolus to assure councillors the processes in appointing an independent auditor were correct however, Mayor Peter Mansfield told Cr Cox “in answer to your question, no”.
Cr Mansfield told council that “we are required by law to call for tenders after advertising for expressions of interest, which we did not do”.
“The Local Government Inspectorate has indicated how we can extract ourselves from this dilemma and that is where we stand at the moment,” Cr Mansfield said.
An original motion calling for council to approve “the process undertaken to appoint the Independent Probity Auditor to conduct an extensive review of both fiscal and operations aspects of Moira Shire Council” was withdrawn by Cr Bourke who instead moved a motion for the acting CEO to advertise for tenders.
Cr Bourke said he was “disappointed” the independent probity audit had been delayed for a “technicality” and added “it worries me that when the audit does happen, and believe me it will happen, what it will reveal”.
The SAM Foundation has received a further philanthropic contribution of $1 million towards the new Shepparton Art Museum.
The Yarrawonga Pigeons scored a 20 point victory over the Myrtleford Saints at the JC Lowe Oval in Yarrawonga on Saturday.
The Aboriginal and wider community is mourning the death of revered Bangerang Aboriginal elder, Uncle John ‘‘Sandy’’ Atkinson.
Moama’s Lachie Schultz made his state league footy debut on Sunday for Williamstown’s Seagulls.
FOUR Rochester residents did more than their bit for women’s cancers mid last month when they trekked 60km around Melbourne to raise funds for the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.
Tongala Football Club lost to Rumbalara in the Murray Netball League on Saturday by 14 points.
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Berrigan Shire councillor Daryll Morris says he has been sickened by some of the vitriol and personal attacks to surface since the council’s proposal to redevelop Finley’s Memorial Hall and School of Arts site was revealed in October last year.
DESPITE criticism from within the community over a perceived lack of use, the O’Keefe Rail Trail has enjoyed good traffic over the past couple of weeks, with more to come.
Two recent council-approved planning applications for new depots as part of a new logistics and transport hub in Strathmerton will begin construction soon, with representatives from both companies inspecting the site.
Jake has babies to thank for surviving cancer.
Fonterra suppliers are reeling after the announcement of a big cut in the milk price from $5.60/kg to $5 for the full current year.
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