Council PCYC loan paid
$100,000 loan has been repaid in full
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 email@example.com