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Monash Council secret organization

The following is an email sent to Monash Council seeking information in regards to the cost of MAV insurance
5/7/19
City of Monash
To Governance officer
Could you please provide the number of insurance claims lodged to date this financial year with the MAV.
Also what is the claim excess.
Also what is the annual insurance policy premium.

Dear Mr Davis
I acknowledge and thank you for your email below. Please accept our apologies for the late response.
Council is happy to provide the following information in response to your enquiry:
The Public Liability, Products Liability and Professional Indemnity Insurance policy is held with MAV – LMI Insurance. The 2019-2020 premium for this policy is $702,922 (GST Exclusive). The excess for this policy is $20,000.

Yours sincerely
Sharon Tzimokas
Coordinator Risk Management and Insurance.

TO Monash Council
18/7/19
In reply to our questions in regards to how many insurance claims have been lodge during 2019
We did not ask who made the claims
We did not ask for the names of the claimant’s
We did not ask the contents of the claim against council
To state that it is an item of commercial confidence is in conflict of the local government act .Council must be open and transparent and accountable.
We consider that your reply is a breach of the local government act
We expect a reply by return email
Please take note all monies and asset are the property of Ratepayers who are entitle to the above information

Jack Davis
President R
Ratepayers victoria

Copy of email sent to Monash Council
Dear Mr Davis,
Thank you for your query below. I am responding on behalf of our Risk Management and Insurance Coordinator, Sharon Tzimokas, who is currently on leave.
In response to your enquiry relating to claims submitted to MAV Insurance, we consider this information to be Commercial in Confidence. If we were to make information about the number of insurance claims public it would be summarised as part of a more detailed report to Council that provided a clear and comprehensive explanation of our insurance management.
Yours sincerely
Fiona Fernandes
City of Monash

3AW re rubbish

Ratepayers Victoria Inc. Spokesperson Dean Hurlston spoke on 3AW this Wednesday 10th April “when talking about rubbish and roads,which are the essential services we expect from councils,councils are only spending about 15c/$1 that comes from ratepayers money in those services. So any reduction in the collection of rubbish should be offset by a reduction in rates,yet councils are very shy to talk about that one.
Council rates are going out of control despite the rates capping regime that is not working,and hundreds of millions of dollars from many councils on big shiny projects that do not deliver essential services to ratepayers.

We are calling on the local Government Minister to launch an urgent investigation into Local Council spending, the surplus and the projects, as there is currently little oversight in all the spending across Victoria.
Ratepayers Victoria says fortnightly rubbish collection with out a reduction in rates is unacceptable

Jack Davis
President
Ratepayers Victoria Inc.

Monash Journal Newspaper Attention Editor 9238 7679 13 / 1/ 02 Ethics Committee Proposal abandoned At the Council meeting on the 12th November three Councillors with the support of the Mayor Cr Lake condemned a proposal by Cr. Vlahos to establish an ethics committee of three community representatives and two Councillors who would consider any complaints or inappropriate behavior of councillors. Cr Vlahos’s proposal of a draft recommendation was followed by an amendment by Cr. Klisaris and seconded by Cr Evens that would instead refer all complaint to the Mayor for his consideration. This lead to a heated debate between Councillors, Cr Klisaris then stated that Cr. Vlahos’ phone account was excessive and that he should provide the Council with a list of the names all of the persons that he spoke to, on the phone provided by Council. Cr. Vlahos reminded the council that the request was in breach of the privacy laws. This followed with an amendment to the motion and then an amendment to the amendment to the point where it became obvious that some Councillors had very little knowledge of the correct procedure or in fact any understanding of the Local law. After considerable frustration Cr Vlahos withdrew his proposal to establish an ethics committee that would have given the Ratepayers a forum to hold Councillors responsible for their actions. The Monash Ratepayers Association is totally disappointed again in the childish behavior of some of our elected representative it would seem that some councillors were concerned that they could be held responsible for their actions . President Jack Davis who attends every Council meeting, is of the opinion that some of these so called councillors have no understanding of the correct procedure or any understanding of the Local Government Act . The Monash Ratepayers Association video all meetings of Council, copies are available to any member by contacting the President on 0412 238 974 ——————————————— Jack Davis J.P President M.R.P.ASS

Ratepayers reject rebuke from Municipal Ass.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – 24/6/2019

Ratepayers reject rebuke from municipal association
Victoria’s key advocacy association for ratepayers says it’s about time ratepayers were more involved in state government decision making.
According to Dean Hurlston, media spokesperson for Ratepayers Victoria (RPV), “it is disgraceful that the CEO of the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) criticised ratepayers’ attendance at the Minister for Local Government’s briefing about the proposed changes to the Local Government Act Bill 2019”.
“We are disappointed with the MAV; it seems to have lost its fundamental understanding that it’s actually ratepayers who elect councillors in local government,” he said
Ratepayers Victoria and other ratepayer groups were recently invited to the Minister Adem Somyurek’s briefing where he outlined the proposed changes to Local Government.
“Ratepayers Victoria members were very pleased to be invited to participate in this process – and we are impressed that the Minister is leading the way in this regard”, Mr Hurlston said.
“What astounds me is the attitude of the MAV; of course, ratepayers should be consulted about such important changes”
“The MAV gets over $20 million from subscriptions and grants every year – obtained from many council/shires that pay tens of thousands of ratepayers’ money to join this self-focussed organisation. What do they get for it?”
RPV looks forward to continuing to work closely with the Hon Adem Somyurek in the coming months and will continue to advocate for the rights of Ratepayers across Victoria.

For further information:
Dean Hurlston: 0427 862 103
Ratepayers Victoria

Membership Application

APPENDIX 1
Membership Application/Renewal for Ratepayers Victoria, Inc. (A0040924M)
1/7/2019 to 30/6/2020

Name:______________________________________________________________________

Organization:______________________________________________________________

Shire/Council:_____________________________________________________________

Address:___________________________________________________________________

Post Code: ____________________

Phone: ______________________________ Mobile:___________________________

E-Mail: _______________________________________________

In the event of my admission to membership, I agree to be bound by the rules of the Association for the time being in force, to pay annual membership dues as determined by the association, and to work cooperatively with the other members.

Signature __________________________________ Date ________________

APPENDIX 3
Membership Fees for Ratepayers Victoria Inc. (A0040924M)

Membership Fees: $10 Pensioners $20 Individuals $40 Organization
Enclosed: $
Additional donation optional $____________________
Cheque/Money Order /Cash or
Bank deposit to: Ratepayers Victoria Inc.
Whittlesea branch: BSB No: 063 855 Account No: 10127765 ____________________________________________________
Mail To: The Secretary 8/1248 North Road, Oakleigh South.Vic.3167 or Email: ratepayersvic@outlook.com

Dodgy Councillors still at it

Monash Journal Newspaper
Attention Editor
9238 7679
13 / 1/ 02

Ethics Committee Proposal abandoned

At the Council meeting on the 12th November three Councillors with the support of the Mayor Cr Lake condemned a proposal by Cr. Vlahos to establish an ethics committee of three community representatives and two Councillors who would consider any complaints or inappropriate behavior of councillors.
Cr Vlahos’s proposal of a draft recommendation was followed by an amendment by Cr. Klisaris and seconded by Cr Evens that would instead refer all complaint to the Mayor for his consideration.
This lead to a heated debate between Councillors, Cr Klisaris then stated that Cr. Vlahos’ phone account was excessive and that he should provide the Council with a list of the names all of the persons that he spoke to, on the phone provided by Council.
Cr. Vlahos reminded the council that the request was in breach of the privacy laws.
This followed with an amendment to the motion and then an amendment to the amendment to the point where it became obvious that some Councillors had very little knowledge of the correct procedure or in fact any understanding of the Local law.

After considerable frustration Cr Vlahos withdrew his proposal to establish an ethics committee that would have given the Ratepayers a forum to hold Councillors responsible for their actions.

The Monash Ratepayers Association is totally disappointed again in the childish behavior of some of our elected representative it would seem that some councillors were concerned that they could be held responsible for their actions .
President Jack Davis who attends every Council meeting, is of the opinion that some of these so called councillors have no understanding of the correct procedure or any understanding of the Local Government Act .

The Monash Ratepayers Association video all meetings of Council, copies are available to any member by contacting the President on 0412 238 974

———————————————
Jack Davis J.P
President M.R.P.Ass. Inc

Dodgy council claims

Dodgy council claims
TOM MINEAR AND KIERAN ROONEY

We pay for booze, fines and even spas
TAXPAYERS have been slugged with the cost of boozy lunches, parking fines, shots of alcohol and trips to wineries and beauty spas by councillors and staff across the state.

A scathing investigation by Victoria’s Auditor-General has concluded that councils are failing to meet ratepayers’ expectations with their frivolous and secretive use of public money.

It uncovered scores of questionable expenses, including a $298 lunch for Strathbogie council staff with beer, wine, vodka and other “shots”.

A Strathbogie manager also paid for drinks at a pub for “good morale after busy week”, and twice visited a cafe on weekends, saying it was for meetings even though a children’s meal was purchased.

Wellington Shire spent $1349 on a dinner for new councillors and their partners, while cans of pre-mixed alcohol drinks and a $171 case of wine were purchased as “meeting supplies”, even though the council maintained councillors did not drink on the job.

Wyndham’s chief executive billed ratepayers more than $180 at two bookshops while in Canberra for a conference, as well as $73 at a cocktail bar.

The report, from acting Auditor-General Dave Barry, analysed spending by Wellington, Strathbogie, Wyndham and Shepparton councils, and found major gaps in corruption controls. Strathbogie council received particularly heavy scrutiny over cases including: THE chief executive and a councillor having two parking fines totalling $310 paid because they “did not intend to risk parking illegally”;

AN executive receiving $21,700 for rent based on a “loose” salary packaging agreement;

A COUNCILLOR claiming almost $3500 for home phone and internet expenses — despite having a work mobile phone; and

STAFF being sold taxpayerfunded fleet cars as much as $15,000 below market value, with one given a vehicle — bought for $42,000 in 2014 — for free in an exit package.

Questions were also raised about the $4.9 million spent on 256 credit cards by Wyndham staff, including a $534 “monthly working lunch” for executives.

The report revealed Wyndham councillors received an $800 lump sum printing allowance even though they could access council office printers.

Council credit cards were also used for accommodation, food and drinks, and visits to tourists attractions by staff who were on leave.

Local Government Minister Adem Somyurek moved to reassure Victorians that most councils were “not interested in boozy lunches”.

tom.minear@news.com.au

Rorts In Councils

Cash reserves held by local Council’s in Australian $21 Billion

Queensland crime and corruption Commission made 31 recommendations to clean up local Council’s

West Australia 700 Allegations in 2006 relating to misconduct.fraud or corruption.

Monash Council CR lake file is as long as your arm. Sexual assault & female abuse, Bullying, Credit card fraud, breaches of the Code of conduct, the CEO refuses to take any action.
Logan City loses its council due to Corruption :The entire Logan City Council has been sacked and replaced by an administrator after corruption and fraud claims led to the suspension of the mayor and eight councillors.
In August 2017, Ipswich City Council was dismissed after two consecutive mayors and chief executives, as well as other staff and contractors, were charged with corruption offences.
Councillor Stacey McIntosh was also suspended, facing allegations of $184,000 fraud
.Gippsland Council 6 councillors resign, administrator appointed.
There is the recent case again in Ipswich in December 2018 ,four council staff and a contractor were jailed for between four and eight years for corruption
The list goes on and on all at the expense of ratepayers.
Unlike the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) who receive $57 million yearly from Federal ,State and councils, we do not receive a cent from any government body whatsoever despite several attempts to get funding for full time staff and must rely on the ratepayers and residents to assist us financially

Ratepayer groups in Victoria

Posted on June 2019
Ratepayers Victoria Inc

Aiming to be the peak advocacy body for all Victorian Ratepayers,we encourage the formation of new Ratepayers Associations from various cities.
To Date we are proud to be communicating with the following groups

3228 Residents association inc (Torquay)
Ararat Rural City Ratepayers Association
Bairnsdale Ratepayers
Bass Coast Ratepayers and Residents Association Inc.
Baw Baw Shire Ratepayers & citizens Association
Bayside Ratepayers
Bendigo Greater Ratepayers Assoc.
Boroondara Ratepayers
Cardinia Ratepayers
Casey resident and Ratepayers ASS.
Central GoldFields Ratepayers
Colac Otway Ranges Ratepayers & residents
Darebin Ratepayers
East Gippsland Shire Ratepayers
Fawkner Residents Association
Frankston Save our Suburbs
Geelong Ratepayers
Golden Plains Ratepayers & Residents Association
Greater Dandenong Ratepayers
Horsham Ratepayers
Kilmore Ratepayers
Knox Ratepayers Ass
Latrobe City Ratepayers Ass
Loddon Shire Residents & Ratepayers
Macedon Ranges residents Ass
Maribyrnong Ratepayers
Monash Ratepayers
Morland Shire Ratepayers
Mornington Peninsula Ratepayers & Residents Ass.
Moyne Residents and Ratepayers Action Group Inc.
Mt Martha Ratepayers
Nepean Ratepayers
Phillip Island Ratepayers
Port Phillip Ratepayers
Oakleigh Planning central
Nillumbik Ratepayers Association
Mildura Ratepayers Victorian
Sale Ratepayers
Shepparton Ratepayers
Swan Hill Rural City Ratepayers Ass
Wangaratta Ratepayers
Warrnambool Ratepayers
Whitehorse Ratepayers& Residents Ass.
Whittlesea Ratepayers Ass.
Yarra Ranges Ratepayers
Yarraville Ratepayers

I refer to the Supreme Court case Lake V Municipal Association of Victoria

17/11/18
My understanding
Whittlesea Council withdrew its membership of the MAV, ( Municipal Association Victoria)this in our opinion would make Cr Lalios of the Whittlesea Council ineligible to continue as President or a reprehensive of the Whittlesea Council as they are no longer a financial member of the MAV.
However Monash Bully boy Cr Lake decided that she should remain as president for the contractual term of her appointment and took the case to the Supreme Court.
MR lake is suing the Mav for his costs in this matter, again weather he wins or loses it ratepayers funds.
Weather Cr Lalios is eligible to remain as a member of the board is a matter for the court to decide.
Ratepayers Victoria Inc states that the MAV does not represent Ratepayers or make any decisions that would benefit Ratepayers, there for all councils should terminate membership of the MAV it is another abuse of ratepayers funds.
Councils have no fund of its own, all funds and assets belong to the ratepayers, why should ratepayers pay for services that do not benefit ratepayers.
We request that all local council terminate Financial MAV membership

Jack Davis
President
Ratepayers Victoria Inc