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Bully boy Cr Lake still at it

Bully boy Lake still at it
Posted on 27th May,2019 by ratep
Cr Lakes history with Monash Council in regards to his constant bulling is well documented and goes back a long way.
To name a few.
• Verbal and sexist remarks to Cr Mc Gee – this matter was referred to the Sexual Discrimination Committee.
• As Mayor his intrusion at Cr Morrissey’s place of business that resulted in a court order against Lake.
• Cr Jenny Solity who had a mental break down over his attacks on her.
• Not forgetting his misleading accusation at a council meeting in regards to Huntingdale Hall Management of inappropriate management of hall funds, causing my wife Beaty Davis, who was at that time the Secretary, to stress out so much to see her name dragged through the newspaper, that she had a heart attack.
This accusation was later proven by a council audit officer to be a false and misleading accusation.
• Today’s (Tuesday 30/10/18) Herald Sun is another example of his bullying.
His comment that stated the President of the Mulgrave Club: quote The country clubs directors are Pasty old white men.
He then used the Council May Monash bulletin stating again that the Mulgrave Country Club board Consist of entirely of old white men.
Lakes comment resulted in a complaint to the Human Rights Committee.

Not forgetting in 2013 Lake was dumped as candigate for Hotham when it was reported he verbally abused a female councillor at a council meeting
The list goes on and on.
Any apology by Lake now would be meaningless.
Councilor Lake should be stood down subject to the complaint to the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights.
Finally the Mayor Cr Paul Kisaris should not have allowed Councilor Lake to continue with his bullying and scandalmonger comments at a council meeting.
Jack Davis JP
Ratepayers vic

More inspectors to support Local Government integrity

:A step in the right direction:
The Local Government Inspectorate has been allocated increased funding for extra resources and provide greater assurance to the community that their council is operating within the law.
Announced in the Victorian State Budget today, the additional funding will provide four new municipal inspectors to support the Inspectorate’s work with 79 Victorian councils.
Chief Municipal Inspector David Wolf said: “The increasing demand for and scope of our work has challenged our existing capacity, and the support from councils, the community and government for our office to gain additional resources has been realised. We welcome the investment from the State Government, which will continue to strengthen the integrity system.”
“The funding will help the Inspectorate deliver on its commitment to address complaints in a timely manner, which allows us to deliver better outcomes for people raising issues and for the sector overall.”
“We will also be able to focus more effort on proactively addressing the systemic issues in the sector which impact on and are ultimately at the expense of the community.”

Media outlets with enquiries can contact:
Steve Pogonowski, Senior Communications Adviser
steve.pogonowski@lgici.vic.gov.au or 0437 541 972

For more information on the Local Government Inspectorate and our work, visit our website www.lgi.vic.gov.au

Commission Of Inquiry Into South Gippsland Shire Council

9th May 2019
The Andrews Labor Government is ensuring the South Gippsland Shire Council is accountable to the ratepayers they represent.
Minister for Local Government Adem Somyurek today announced his intention to hold a Commission of Inquiry into the South Gippsland Shire Council under section 209 of the Local Government Act 1989.
The Commission will look at the stability of the Council, the behaviours of individual councillors, the process of hiring a CEO and the efficiency and effectiveness of governance arrangements in delivering services to the community.
The Local Government Act 1989 provides the inquiry with broad ranging powers including summoning witnesses, requiring the production of documents and full access to the Council and its documents.
The Monitor’s final report recommended the Council be suspended and an administrator be appointed. On 2 April 2019, the Minister provided the Council with the Monitor’s report and it was asked to respond within 28 days, including what steps it had taken to address the issues in the monitor’s report.
Suspending the council is still under consideration and the Council’s response and the final report from the Municipal Monitor will be carefully considered by the Minister and the Commission of Inquiry.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Adem Somyurek
“I am very concerned at what is going on at the South Gippsland Shire, the Commission – which has inquisitorial powers – will get to the bottom of it and I will table the findings in the Parliament.”
“Like the ratepayers and residents of South Gippsland, I want a stable Council that functions effectively, governs well, delivers the services the community needs and represents the area.”

Power of Ratepayers Group

After a recent meeting with the new local government minister ,Adem Somyurek , the minister encouraged RPV to form more ratepayer groups.

RPV did have the pleasure of telling the minister that we have opened up 10 new ratepayer groups in the last 15 months, the latest in Stonnington, where some 90 people turned up to a public meeting for this purpose. On the night itself, the committee was formed and RPV have the pleasure of saying that this new ratepayer group in a short time has become a real force.
The new Stonnington Ratepayers Group have recently supported their ratepayers at regarding a contentious planning issue with the matter being aired on Channel 7 news recently.

The power of a ratepayer group?

RPV recently supported Maribyrnong with the forming of their ratepayer group.
This new group at Maribyrnong recently set up a stall at the Yarraville festival on a Sunday morning and some 150 people signed up to join.

Our ratepayers are “crying out” for assistance regarding problems with their councils.

How RPV set up a new group is that they find a coordinator at a council , who will book a Hall to hold a public meeting.
Turn around time is usually about 4 weeks as that gives the coordinator time to advertise the public meeting.
RPV usually attend this public meeting to explain the benefits of a ratepayer group at this and to obtain expressions of interests from the attendees to begin.
After this public meeting, the coordinator contacts those interested parties to have another meeting so as to form the new committee.

It is important to realise that after this public meeting, the new committee of the new ratepayer group run their group as they see fit.
RPV are there in the back ground to give advice and guidance on matters that the new group are unsure of.

In the coming weeks, RPV will assist in forming a new ratepayer group at Maroondah shortly under this same process.
A public meeting has been called for on the 30th May 9, 2019 at Croydon (-need clarity here, was the meeting on the 9th, or an announcement on the 9th for the 30th???)

Ass well as this, RPV have recently been approached by a Miora ratepayer, (Yarrawonga), to set up a ratepayer group at their council.
RPV hope that this new group will be up and running within 4 weeks.

As you can imagine, councils do not like ratepayer groups that act to keep them accountable.

For any further advice please contact RPV regarding the setting up of a new ratepayer group on 0438555805.

letters to the editor

Comments to Moorabool News from Ratepayers
Tip Vouchers Once again we have an example of the tail wagging the dog
Clearly the bureaucrats and some Councillors have little regards for over tax Ratepayers.
The $5000 cost of providing free tip voucher can be offset by the reductions in many other areas,indeed I would support two independent reports into the economic viability of all councils as around 80% of council income is required to maintain the councils, and around 20% is used to provide services to ratepayers.
In the 21st century there is no requirement for councils to exist in there current form and change must come and due to space limitations, I cannot provide more details as to how and what changes should happen.
In closing I and all of my friends will exercise our democratic rights and not vote for councillors who opposed free tip vouchers .
I welcome comments from those councillors.
Colin Reid
Hopetoun Park
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Facebook Comments
Tip Vouchers Dumped
Time for Moorabool Shire Council to be removed …Everything from Moorabool East goes to Melton Shire and everything west go to Ballarat. Moorabool shire council has shown its incompetence for way too long.
How can we have some of the hightest rates but get the least services.
Scott Klauber
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Scott Klauber agreed. I want to be part of Ballarat Shire.
We are on the ar..’ end corner of Moorabool like a dag on a sheep Or even better,Golden Plains shire would be great.
Netti Gray
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State government announce full review into Victoria’s rating system

Rachel Clayton, Maribyrnong Leader
April 17, 2019 11:45am

A full review of Victoria’s rate system is “long overdue” according to Ratepayers Victoria.
The group’s vice president Frank Sullivan met with local government minister Adem Somyurek and the valuer-general yesterday and said it was clear the current rating system was “not fair” and “completely unjust”.
The State Government announced a full review of Victoria’s rating system this morning to ensure councils were held accountable to ratepayers.
The review will be undertaken by an independent panel led by former Royal Children’s Hospital and City of Melbourne chief executive Dr Kathy Alexander.
The panel will look at:
• local government rates and charges;
• rating exemptions and concessions and their application to various classes of land, including farm land;
• the autonomy of local governments to apply a rating system that takes into account local factors; and
• exemptions and discounts for local government rates the impacts any recommended changes would have on councils, ratepayers and residents.
The Fair Go Rates cap, currently at 2.5 per cent, will remain in place.
Mr Sullivan said the review was well overdue.
“A ratepayer in Maribyrnong with a million dollar home will be paying $6000 to $7000 in rates while I live in Knox with a nice, almost-million dollar home and pay $1700 in rates,” he said.

Meeting with Ombudsman

Today Tuesday 9th April 2019
We at the invitation of the ombudsman staff in regards to councils policy regarding Ratepayers Complaints.
After 2 hours of informing the ombudsman staff of our dissatisfaction with councils, I concluded that at last we were making progress.
I am hopeful that the results of that meeting will progress our concerns
Jack Davis JP
President Ratepayers Victoria

IBAC CHARGE FOUR IN CASH-FOR-STACKS PROBE

MORE LAW AND ORDER
IBAC laid charges last week after its 15-month Operation Naxos investigation into the alleged “cash-for-stacks” scheme, which was revealed by the Herald Sun last year.
Justin Mammarella, a former Melton mayor, had won a preselection battle to replace ex-Labor MP Don Nardella, who retired from politics after an expenses scandal. Picture: Supplied
Whistleblowers alleged parliament had been billed for false ¬invoices for printing work that had never been done, with taxpayers’ money ¬instead funnelled to pay for Labor Party memberships.
The scheme allegedly involved invoices worth as much as $200,000.
It is understood IBAC is continuing to probe the printing rort allegations

Monash bulletin by USA

Sent: 27 March, 2019 2:02 PM
Subject: re monash bulletin
According to Monash Council No Australia company have the qualification to produce a monthly Bulletin.
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Email received from Monash Council

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