‘Oh-dee’ in the news
Further to Oddie’s noting that Greater Shepparton City Council chief executive Peter Harriott has cancelled his council credit card, it was nice to get a mention during the August council meeting.
Cr Fern Summer told the meeting some of the information from the Audit and Risk Committee doesn’t reach councillors, so the regular supply of minutes was a step forward.
However she said some of the meeting minutes were 12 months old and a more timely release would be welcome.
‘‘I would like to know if the CEO has handed in his credit card before Oddie at the Shepp News,’’ she said, although Oddie was pronounced ‘Ohdee’.
It reminded ‘Oh-dee’ of his recent visit to the similarly mispronounced suburb of ‘Kiiala’.
Let him leave the room
The August council meeting was proceeding at pace and Oddie was on track to watch
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So rapid was the business transacted that a motion to adopt the new CEO employment and remuneration policy had already been moved and seconded and Mayor Kim O’Keeffe was about to let the first speaker loose before chief executive Peter Harriott managed to stop the f low.
‘‘I think I’d better declare a conflict of interest in this,’’ he said, before rising and leaving the room.
Every cloud has a pot of gold
We are not far into the new budget year, but Cr Seema Abdullah found a small pot of gold in the monthly financial review.
Council’s ‘‘other income’’ is projected to be $137,000 (12.9 per cent) more than the 2021-22 adopted budget. The favourable variance is mostly due to income from GV Health for the use of the McIntosh Centre as the COVID-19 vaccination hub ($100,000).
Nobody was game enough to describe the extra revenue as a shot in the arm.
Speaking of COVID
Oddie is an optimist and is hoping Shepparton’s second positive wastewater test is just an indication that someone not infectious but still shedding the virus is suffering from a bowel complaint.
We can only hope.