Clear sail­ing ahead

Mayor backs lo­cal gov­ern­ment chief

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - FRONT PAGE - SHAUN McMANUS

DERWENT Val­ley Mayor Mar­tyn Evans says in­ter­ven­tion from the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Di­rec­tor was re­quired at the coun­cil.

How­ever, he be­lieves it is mak­ing “over­whelm­ing progress” to­wards im­ple­ment­ing his rec­om­men­da­tions.

The Derwent Val­ley Coun­cil voted to en­dorse the quar­terly up­date to the Di­rec­tor of Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment, Alex Tay, in re­la­tion to his Au­gust re­port to the coun­cil, at last month’s meet­ing.

The pub­lic 20-page re­port in­cluded 15 rec­om­men­da­tions to the coun­cil.

It fol­lowed a num­ber of com­plaints about the gov­er­nance and op­er­a­tional per­for­mance of the coun­cil from Oc­to­ber to De­cem­ber 2016.

Cr Evans said the in­ter­ven­tion was re­quired.

“I reckon it was [needed],” Cr Evans said.

“I’ve never shirked the is­sue of things like that, if it’s needed, it’s needed, I think it just straight­ens the ship up.

“In ship ter­mi­nol­ogy, in­stead tack­ing left, it’s got us on a straight tack now and hope­fully it’s beau­ti­fully clear sail­ing.”

Cr Evans said the coun­cil had a 12-month work sched­ule to im­ple­ment the rec­om­men­da­tions.

“I sup­pose that puts us on a time­line to get things to 100 per cent, and ratepay­ers should be happy with that, and I think coun­cil and coun­cil staff should be happy with that,” he said.

The coun­cil’s quar­terly up­date lists each rec­om­men­da­tion, and what it has done to ad­dress it.

The up­date shows that the coun­cil is plan­ning to ask the Au­dit Panel to un­der­take a re­view of all loans by the coun­cil in the past three years, and also re­view the coun­cil’s credit card and ex­penses poli­cies.

It has also re­cruited two se­nior managers.

“I think it’s made over­whelm­ing progress on nu­mer­ous things, there’s still some things out­stand­ing, but we’re def­i­nitely on track and in front,” Cr Evans said.

How­ever, Cr Evans said the rec­om­men­da­tions were not a guar­an­teed so­lu­tion to coun­cil is­sues.

“In the nor­mal world things change day to day, and week to week and month to month on avail­abil­ity of staff, grants, fund­ing, weather con­di­tions, coun­cil pol­icy it­self,” he said.

“Things can change, but in the process we’re go­ing for at the mo­ment, I think we’ve got a ro­bust struc­ture to go for­ward.”

The full up­date can be found in the Derwent Val­ley Coun­cil’s agenda for the Septem­ber meet­ing on its web­site at www.der­went­val­

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