Coun­cil PCYC loan paid

$100,000 loan has been re­paid in full

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - NEWS -

A CON­TENTIOUS $100,000 loan Der­went Val­ley Coun­cil of­fi­cers made to the lo­cal PCYC with­out the knowl­edge of all its elected mem­bers has been re­paid in full.

The coun­cil yesterday con­firmed yesterday the loan, made un­der the di­rec­tion of gen­eral man­ager Greg Win­ton with­out the ap­proval of the en­tire coun­cil, had now been re­paid in full.

The loan was made be­cause State Govern­ment fund­ing had not been pro­vided when the PCYC cen­tre opened.

A coun­cil spokesper­son told the Gazette that it had “se­cured the DVPCYC’S timely com­mence­ment of op­er­a­tions’’.

Con­fir­ma­tion that the loan had been re­paid came af­ter Mr Win­ton and the coun­cil re­ceived a rep­ri­mand from the State Govern­ment’s Lo­cal Govern­ment Division ear­lier this month for au­tho­ris­ing the loan with­out con­sult­ing all elected mem­bers.

An in­ves­ti­ga­tion by Lo­cal Govern­ment Di­rec­tor Alex Tay found that Mr Win­ton made the loan with­out ap­pro­pri­ate ap­proval from coun­cil — notwith­stand­ing that the Der­went Val­ley Mayor Mar­tyn Evans and Deputy Mayor Ben Shaw were aware of it.

Cr Evans re­signed as chair­man of the DVPCYC fol­low­ing the di­rec­tor’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion and has in­di­cated he will not stand for re-elec­tion to coun­cil.

The re­port also found that a loan of $6852.73 of ratepay­ers’ money was made to Cr Evans and au­tho­rised by Mr Win­ton with­out wider ap­proval from the coun­cil’s elected mem­bers and “there was a lack of trans­parency in coun­cil de­ci­sions”.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion, which was re­vealed by the Gazette in March, looked at is­sues such as the man­age­ment of coun­cil funds, the im­ple­men­ta­tion of and ad­her­ence to coun­cil poli­cies and a fail­ure to adopt the Lo­cal Govern­ment Division’s model for code of con­duct and the man­age­ment of re­la­tion­ships.

Mr Win­ton said he and coun­cil­lors wel­comed the re- port rec­om­men­da­tions and would make coun­cil op­er­a­tions more ef­fec­tive and trans­par­ent.

Mean­while, ap­pli­ca­tions have opened to re­cruit mem­bers of the Der­went Val­ley com­mu­nity to be­come board mem­bers of the lo­cal PCYC.

Club man­ager Al­lan Matcham said that the club was look­ing for peo­ple with a mix of skills that would ben­e­fit the PCYC.

“We are look­ing for peo­ple who have a great skills set and who are pas­sion­ate about help­ing those in the Der­went Val­ley area,” he said.

The ap­point­ment of board mem­bers will mean fur­ther con­tin­u­a­tion and im­prove­ment of pro­grams run by the PCYC.

Cho­sen board mem­bers will meet once a month to dis­cuss and im­prove the cen­tre.

“We are hop­ing to in­ter­est peo­ple with a rich his­tory to the cen­tre,” said Mr Matcham.

“It would be an ad­van­tage for some­one want­ing a po­si­tion to have an ex­ten­sive knowl­edge of the New Nor­folk area and un­der­stand the lo­cal com­mu­nity.”

Ap­pli­ca­tions are avail­able from the man­ager and com­pleted ap­pli­ca­tions are to be lodged by the end of to­day via email at club­man­ager@der­went­val­leyp­

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