Test of fi­nan­cial health

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Quick News - By JON BAS­SETT

CON­CERN from some Mos­man Park coun­cil­lors about the com­mu­nity arts group MosArts has prompted a re­quest it demon­strate its fi­nan­cial vi­a­bil­ity.

Last week’s coun­cil meet­ing was closed to the pub­lic to dis­cuss the is­sue after Cr Wes­ley Davies claimed MosArts owed the coun­cil $25,000 and said the com­mu­nity de­served “re­as­sur­ance” about the group’s fi­nan­cial health and what was spent on its Memo­rial Hall, Lochee Street home.

Coun­cil fi­nan­cial back­ing of MosArts, which is chaired by for­mer coun­cil­lor Libby Eus­tance who is over­seas, and sup­ported by Mayor Ron Nor­ris, has at­tracted con­cern from Cr Davies, Cr Zenda John­son and Cr Ian Flack for sev­eral months.

In Au­gust, the crit­i­cism par­tially led to Cr John­son’s suc­cess­ful move for an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into how to man­age coun­cil­lors hav­ing links or head­ing com­mu­nity groups that get coun­cil funds.

Be­fore last week’s meet­ing was closed, Perth The­atre Company board mem­ber and char­tered ac­coun­tant Michael Atkins said he had re­viewed MosArts’ cur­rent and fu­ture fi­nan­cial sta­tus in July, at the re­quest of MosArt lead­er­ship, and had made rec­om­men­da­tions.

“There were a few thresh­old is­sues to deal with and I have been work­ing with the board who have been most ac­com­mo­dat­ing since then to as­sist in deal­ing with those thresh­old is­sues,” Mr Atkins said.

Later, he said he un­der­stood the $25,000 could be owed to the coun­cil but com­mer­cial con­fi­den­tial­ity meant he would not com­ment fur­ther, other than say­ing res­i­dents and coun­cil­lors should know that pro­fes­sion­als were deal­ing with MosArt’s “mat­ters”.

Coun­cil­lors agreed to Cr Davies’ re­quest that chief ex­ec­u­tive Kevin Poyn­ton re­port on MosArt’s fi­nances and sta­bil­ity at the Novem­ber meet­ing.

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