Accounts furore grows
Council candidate seeks answers
IT is time for the Derwent Valley mayor and general manager to confirm or put to rest rumours about an independent investigation into council accounts, says council candidate Wayne Shoobridge.
At a council meeting last month, Deputy Mayor Ben Shaw asked general manager Greg Winton if he could confirm if the council had engaged an external independent investigator to look into council accounting practices. Mr Winton took the question on notice.
Mr Shoobridge, a former councillor seeking a return to council at the October local government elections, said rumours about the investigation, which have circulated on social media in recent weeks, needed addressing.
“I would like to know if there is any truth in these accusations or whether or not they have been circulated for political gain,” he said.
Mr Shoobridge also suspected the council had used the rumours as a smoke screen to divert community attention from the recent rate increase of 5.85 per cent.
“Is this just a smoke screen to cloud the issue of the unjust and unwarranted rates and charges increase?” he asked.
Derwent Valley Mayor Martyn Evans said it wasn’t appropriate to comment on Mr Shoobridge’s concern as the matter was operational.
“This is an operational concern, and as such, it is the role and function of the general manager to address the matter,” Cr Evans said.
“Obviously Mr Shoobridge, like we all do, wants to know the answer.
“We’ll ask the questions and look for answers. Hopefully an answer comes before the October elections.”
Mr Shoobridge said he would move two motions if elected at the upcoming postal vote.
“I will be moving for a complete review of councils budget process so the ratepayers will be more included and informed,” he said.
“I will also move to have a complete review of the 2018 budget.”
Mr Winton was contacted for comment.
TAKING ACCOUNT: Wayne Shoobridge outside the Derwent Valley Council Chambers.