Min­is­ter is still con­sid­er­ing fate of alpine re­sort board

Mansfield Courier - - NEWS - By PAM ZIERK-MAHONEY

THE fu­ture of Mt Buller Mt Stir­ling Alpine Re­sort Man­age­ment Board (ARMB) re­mains in the hands of Vic­to­rian En­ergy, En­vi­ron­ment and Cli­mate Change Min­is­ter Lily D’Am­bro­sio.

Min­is­ter D’Am­bro­sio wrote to board mem­bers last week fol­low­ing a re­port tabled in Par­lia­ment by Vic­to­rian Om­buds­man Deb­o­rah Glass, which found that some ARMB mem­bers and staff - in­clud­ing board chair Jen­nifer Hutchi­son and chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer John Hu­ber - had mis­used pub­lic funds and re­sources, col­lec­tively val­ued at around $85,000.

Ms D’Am­bro­sio gave board mem­bers seven days to give good rea­sons why they should not be sacked.

A spokesper­son for Min­is­ter D’Am­bro­sio told the Mans­field Courier this week that board mem­bers had been asked to pro­vide and show good cause re­sponses by close of busi­ness on Mon­day.

The spokesper­son said no de­ci­sions had been made at this stage how­ever, the min­is­ter has the power to ap­point and re­move board mem­bers at her dis­cre­tion, and a de­ci­sion on re­ten­tion or re­moval of board mem­bers will be taken once the min­is­ter is in re­ceipt of the show cause no­tices “and has had time to con­sider th­ese”.

The spokesper­son r eit­er­ated that the board is the em­ployer of staff, in­clud­ing the CEO, and that the CEO is not sub­ject to the show cause process.

Min­is­ter D’Am­bro­sio said last week that she had asked that the board, once the show cause process is com­plete, thor­oughly re­views the om­buds­man’s find­ings and de­ter­mines for it­self whether the CEO and other named board em­ploy­ees are fit to con­tinue in the board’s ser­vice.

She also asked that the board re­views all leases and other pro­pos­als cur­rently on foot that may come to her for en­dorse­ment, and for each pro­vides ex­plicit as­sur­ance to her that the process to de­ter­mine the board’s rec­om­men­da­tions meets all rel­e­vant pro­bity and con­flict of in­ter­est man­age­ment tests.

As an Alpine Man­age­ment Review is also in progress the spokesper­son said the om­buds­man has rec­om­mended that the min­is­ter review the cur­rent gov­er­nance ar­range­ments of alpine re­sort man­age­ment boards re­gard­ing the is­sues and find­ings raised in the re­port.

“I have de­ter­mined to do this in two parts: First, the min­is­ter ini­ti­ated a review of the board - this is the show cause process; and, Sec­ond, the min­is­ter will con­sider the find­ings and themes raised in the re­port as part of or­gan­i­sa­tional de­sign as­so­ci­ated with the Alpine Gov­er­nance Re­form Project,” Ms Glass said.

The time­frames as­so­ci­ated with t he Alpine Gov­er­nance Re­form Project will not change.

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