… In response to Auditor General Report into Glenorchy Council Procurement Practices
“This is an extraordinary indictment on those Alderman of Glenorchy City Council, and their ability to hold positions of governance in Local Government, or on any other external boards.“
Today’s release by the Auditor-General of the report in the procurement of CT Management at Glenorchy Council is damning of the General Manager, but leaves a bitter taste in the mouth given the Council, and its Aldermen, allowed this to occur.
While the report goes into great detail into the failings of Council in relation to this matter, of particular concern is the finding of evidence of intentional splitting of projects for the purpose of avoiding the requirement to publicly invite tenders.
This cannot be put down to a misunderstanding of obligations given the repeated questioning of the General Manager over the matter; the Auditor General finds evidence to suggest this was calculated.
Questions need to be asked why this occurred and what was trying to be hidden by doing so, and if anyone benefited from this avoiding of proper process.
Alarmingly, through significant and sustained questioning on the matter over many months, Alderman were well aware of the risk that Council could have breached its obligation under both the Act and its own Tender Code.
In the Council meeting of January 2017 many Alderman fell in line with the General Manager’s strawman argument that nothing wrong had been done.
In fact, many of them criticised particularly myself and the suspended Mayor for continuing to pursue the matter.
Clearly we were right to do so, and this is vindication for referring the matter to the Auditor-General for review.
This is an extraordinary indictment on those Alderman of Glenorchy City Council, and their ability to hold positions of governance in Local Government, or on any other external board.
The link to the Public Council meeting can be accessed here http://bit.ly/2zdMdfb
Suspended GCC alderman Matt Stevenson