The Inspectorate conducted a comprehensive investigation into specific allegations related to the council, which focused on mismanagement of council assets including the unauthorised use or sale of council equipment, sale of land, rates recovery and corporate credit cards. Many of the issues found in this investigation have the potential for a negative impact on ratepayers and residents of the shire.
Alongside the investigation, the Inspectorate also examined governance and operational matters including asset, financial and employment management arrangements. The examination took into account findings from a 2012 review by the Inspectorate, relevant audits by other government agencies, internal audits and any actions subsequently taken by the council.
Chief Municipal Inspector David Wolf said: “Our work focussed on specific allegations where community assets and resources had either not been properly managed or were used to the benefit of individuals, not the community as a whole.
'Our investigation has presented challenges for Yarriambiack Shire Council but we have been encouraged by the willingness to improve and the assistance from administrative and operational staff.'
'All the details of the allegations, issues and findings are contained in our report and the Inspectorate will continue to monitor the implementation of recommendations made in that report.'
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Reviewed 23 June 2021