Evans over and out
Mayor won’t stand again after report
THE Derwent Valley will have a new mayor at the next council election with Martyn Evans announcing he won’t stand for council again.
Cr Evans’ announcement came in the wake of an investigation in which he and general manager Greg Winton were reprimanded for a loan from the council for Cr Evans’ car.
The loan of nearly $7000 to Cr Evans, authorised by Mr Winton without the wider approval of elected members, was one of a number of findings in an investigation by Local Government Director Alex Tay.
It followed a number of complaints about the governance and operational performance of the council from October to December 2016.
Mr Winton and the council also received a reprimand from the Local Government Division for a $100,000 loan to the Derwent Valley PCYC — also without consulting councillors.
The investigation looked at issues such as at the management of council funds, the implementation of and adherence to council policies, a failure to adopt the Local Government Division’s model for code of conduct and the management of relationships.
Mr Tay found: A LOAN of $6852.73 of ratepayers’ money made to a councillor in January 2016 was made to Cr Evans and authorised by Mr Winton without wider approval from the council’s elected members. MR WINTON made a $100,000 loan to the PCYC without approval by the council, notwithstanding that the Mayor and Deputy Mayor Ben Shaw were aware of it. THERE was a lack of transparency regarding council decisions.
The report made 15 recom- mendations and Cr Evans said he was happy with them — but described the reprimands as a farce.
“I’m happy the report was done, we’ve already started on some of the recommendations,” he said. “But there are definitely things in the report that I refute, I’m not happy with all the reprimands.
“I think the loan to the Mayor was a farce. It’s my car, it’s my personal vehicle and the engine blew on the way to a TasWater meeting when I was going there on council business. I must have driven around 150,000km in that car for council business — I didn’t have a council car.”
Cr Evans said he would not stand in next year’s local government elections.
“I definitely won’t be involved,” he said.
“As much as I love the community and representing it, some people make it so hard to do so and want to drag the council through the mud.”
Mr Winton said he and councillors welcomed the recommendations and would make council operations more effective and transparent.