Call to re­turn Su­perTowns in­ter­est

Albany Extra - - News - Saskia Adysti

The State Gov­ern­ment has re­quested that the Shire of Katan­ning re­turn $278,000 in­ter­est ac­crued on the scrapped Su­perTowns fund, which has been put to­wards build­ing a new ad­min­is­tra­tion build­ing.

Katan­ning has re­ceived around $9 mil­lion for its town cen­tre re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion project un­der the Su­perTowns scheme, which has gath­ered in­ter­est worth more than $550,000.

The Shire orig­i­nally re­quested to spend $450,000 of the in­ter­est money on its new ad­min­is­tra­tion

There will no longer be any wind­falls from this money.

Alan­nah MacTier­nan

build­ing and $100,000 on the Katan­ning Ho­tel re­fur­bish­ment.

How­ever, the De­part­ment of Pri­mary In­dus­try and Re­gional De­vel­op­ment ad­vised Shire ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Ju­lian Mur­phy the Shire would be al­lowed to use only half the in­ter­est money, which leaves it with a gap of more than $150,000 in its orig­i­nal fund.

“The Shire has since made con­tin­gency in the ad­min project bud­get to use the in­ter­est, sub­ject to DPIRD agree­ment,” Mr Mur­phy said.

“The Shire of Katan­ning ad­min build­ing is ex­pected to be com­pleted by the end of De­cem­ber, 2018, and op­er­a­tional by the new year.”

State Min­is­ter for Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Alan­nah MacTier­nan said the Shire did not have any en­ti­tle­ment to the in­ter­est in the first place and made a point that the money was al­lo­cated by the pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ment with­out the project be­ing prop­erly scoped.

“This was a re­sult of money be­ing put into an ac­count be­fore the projects were prop­erly de­vel­oped and, there­fore, in­ter­est ac­crued does not be­long to the Shire of Katan­ning,” she said.

Ms MacTier­nan ac­cused many re­gional lo­cal gov­ern­ments of fis­cal in­dis­ci­pline and not plan­ning projects prop­erly.

“There will no longer be any wind­falls from this money that’s been sit­ting in an ac­count while the shires are still work­ing out what they’re plan­ning to do,” she said.

Alan­nah MacTier­nan

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