Second deferral for council AGM

NEXT week’s Derwent Valley Council annual general meeting has been postponed for an unspecified period due to the lack of a critical document. Originally scheduled to be held in December, the AGM was initially deferred to February 25 and it has now been put off until a later date.

A council spokesman said the latest postponement was due to the absence of a report from the Tasmanian Audit Office. An independent audit of each council’s financial report is provided each year by the auditor-general for inclusion in council annual reports. The council spokesman said the date of the meeting would be advertised once the auditor-general’s report was received.

The Central Highlands Council AGM was held earlier this week, including a statement from assistant auditor-general Leigh Franklin that the council’s financial report was in accordance with the Local Government Act and Australian Accounting Standards.

The monthly council meeting scheduled to be held in the Derwent Valley Council social rooms at 6pm on February 25 has been transferred to the New Norfolk War Memorial Hall.

RELATED: Annual report not available

2 Comments

  1. I thought the financial year ended 30th June 2020. Maybe the auditor was working from home due to Covid and the dog ate it.
    Sounds like another instance of council lack of transparency.
    I would not have known about the AGM cancellation – nothing on D.V.C. website. Thank you Damian.

  2. “The monthly council meeting scheduled to be held in the Derwent Valley Council social rooms at 6pm on February 25 has been transferred to the New Norfolk War Memorial Hall”.

    Managed to get the agenda & papers on Friday. I was expecting two agenda items to be included. One about the community engagement schedule (Feb.) & the High Street market expression of interest report (Feb. or Mar.)

    Not there but maybe next month.

    Returning to the “absence of a report from the Tasmanian Audit Office”. In truth & in fact was meant to be ready by Dec. 10th 2020.

    I put a motion up at the last AGM re. the lack of time to thoughtfully engage with the Annual Report. It was about technically not having the document as prescribed for perusal. Will be back with some more in depth analysis.

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