Au­di­tor change splits coun­cil­lors

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Street Watch - By JON BAS­SETT

WHETHER to con­tinue with, or change, au­di­tors who have served the coun­cil for nearly two decades was enough to di­vide coun­cil­lors at Mos­man Park last month.

“It’s ap­pro­pri­ate to ro­tate be­cause for good cor­po­rate gov­er­nance, it’s good to re­fresh these is­sues with a re­freshed set of eyes,” Cr An­drew Mau­rice said.

Cr Zenda John­son said chang­ing would not be a good way to treat “longevity and loy­alty” of the coun­cil’s cur­rent au­di­tors, Bur­swood­based Macri Part­ners, which has checked the Town’s books for 18 years. How­ever. the Lo­cal Govern­ment Act says au­di­tors and those creat­ing a coun­cil’s an­nual fi­nan­cial re­port should not serve terms for more than five fi­nan­cial years.

“Use of the same au­dit firm of a long pe­riod of time may cre­ate a fa­mil­iar­ity threat, im­pair­ing the ac­tual or per­ceived in­de­pen­dence and ob­jec­tiv­ity of the au­di­tor,” a coun­cil staff re­port said.

It was rec­om­mended Macri Part­ners be ex­cluded from fu­ture au­dit­ing.

Coun­cil­lors agreed that new quote be sought for the work by other firms in 2016-17, de­spite Cr John­son and Cr Brett Pol­lock vot­ing against.

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