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FORMER Member of Parliament Alan
Brown has accused Bass Coast Shire
Council of unacceptable secrecy af-
ter being denied information about the
number of senior officers – and their pay
Council CEO Paul Buckley said information
about remuneration brackets for all senior staff was
published in the financial statements of council’s
annual report, with the 2015-16 report available to
view in October 2016. Mr Buckley said the 2014-15
report was on council’s website.
Last year, Mr Brown said he was provided with
a list of senior council officers which showed the
number of senior officers employed had risen from
nine to 14 over the past three years, resulting in
Last year, their remuneration brackets ranged
from $130,000 to more than $300,000 per annum,
He said senior officers are rated as those in re-
muneration brackets exceeding $100,000 per year
and Mr Brown said last year all 14 senior officers
exceeded remuneration bracket levels of $140,000
“These 14 senior officers cost Bass Coast rate
payers millions of dollars each year so I thought
would again obtain the information to see how much
the cost of employing them had increased over the
past 12 months and if any new ones had joined the
$140,000 plus list,” Mr Brown said.
“To my amazement, my request was denied total-
ly with the lame excuse that ‘councils no longer have
an obligation to maintain a senior officers register’.”
Mr Brown said he then asked how many senior
officers were employed at a cost exceeding $100,000
per annum and said he was again denied details.
“This level of secrecy is clearly unacceptable
and puts this council in a league of their own regard-
ing cover up and secrecy,” he said.
Mr Brown believed many senior officers travel
long distances to work each day in a ratepayer pro-
vided car using vast quantities of ratepayer funded
Mr Buckley said council staff pay for private use of
vehicles according to their place of residence.
“Mr Brown is entitled to his opinion, however
the facts are that changes to our financial outlook
have resulted in effective savings in staffing of $1.9
million over the last two years, with actual cost in
2016-17 being some $258,000 lower than the previ-
ous year ’s budget,” he said.
“Staffing numbers have also reduced by 20 since
2014-15, with senior management positions reduc-
ing from 22 to 16.5 .”
Mr Brown had a clear message for Bass Coast
residents and rate payers. “The resolve is in your
hands. In less than three months time you will be
asked to vote to elect new councillors for the next
four years. Find out who your sitting councillor is
and when you vote, put them last.”
By Brad Lester
INVERLOCH businesses will reap an
economic bonanza from an influx of Li-
ons to town in October.
Up to $300,000 could be injected into town
when Inverloch hosts some 220 visitors, all at-
tending a district convention of the Lions service
Inverloch and District Lions Club will host
the annual event in conjunction with Lions clubs
from Wonthaggi, San Remo and Bass Valley.
Sixty-five clubs from the Melbourne suburb
of Sandringham through to Mallacoota in Victo-
ria’s far east are expected to attend.
Inverloch past president Klaus Edel said
some accommodation is already booked out
in Inverloch, and he expects other accommo-
dation providers, including house owners, to
“We’re expecting up to three or four delegates
per club so we’re expecting about 220 people,”
“Those 220 people should leave about
$250,000 to $300,000 in the businesses in town,
as some of them will come on Thursday and
won’t leave until Tuesday or Wednesday to make
the most of it.”
The event from October 14 to 16 will be cen-
tred around the Inverloch Community Hub.
The convention will kick off on Friday eve-
ning with a welcome barbecue and informal
reception hosted by Bass Coast Shire Council
mayor Cr Jordan Crugnale.
District Governor Anita Culpitt is a New Zea-
lander and as such has arranged the performance
of a haka by Maori dancers, along with a wel-
come to country and smoking ceremonies to be
staged by an indigenous Australian.
On Saturday it’s down to business with the
Lions district annual meeting and other district
matters, followed by a cabaret and three course
meal that evening.
Breakfast on Sunday will be at Paul the Pie-
man Bakery, then followed by speakers at the hub
and a remembrance ceremony to acknowledge
district Lions who have died.
A decorated Lions Christmas cake competi-
tion will follow and then the Norman McLeod
Parade of Cheques, in which all clubs will offer
donations to fund holidays for children with dis-
abilities at Lions’ Licola Wilderness Village.
There, the children will enjoy outdoor activi-
ties and other fun for four days.
“We’re hoping to aim for $32,500 this year
and that will send nearly 30 kids up there,” Mr
A closing ceremony and a barbecue lunch,
prepared by Leongatha Lions Club, will be en-
joyed at the Anderson Inlet Angling Club.
“This is the first time that Inverloch has host-
ed the Lions convention and it’s an honour to do
so,” Mr Edel said.
“To think of all the clubs that could host it,
we have little Inverloch punching above their
INVERLOCH and District Lions Club has the
wellbeing of the community at heart.
The club will soon present the Inverloch
Country Fire Authority with the $3000 the bri-
gade needs to buy a second defibrillator to help
The CFA has one defibrillator on a tanker but
needs a second heart reviving device for another
The Lions club has dispersed $20,000 through-
out the community, with beneficiaries including
Inverloch Historical Society and the Anglican
Church in Wonthaggi to run community meals.
The club has also given to an autism centre in
Mansfield that is improving the lives of children
Lions rush to benefit Inverloch
Helping hands: Inverloch CFA captain Allan Williamson holds the brigade’s existing defi-
brillator with Inverloch Lions Club’s Klaus Edel. The Lions club will give the brigade $3000
to buy a second such life saving device.
with autism, Australian and Victorian Lions foun-
dations, and Lions Licola Wilderness Village.
Inverloch Lions have replaced the roof on the
club’s house at the Licola village and this month
will return there to complete painting.
The five Lions clubs in Zone 8 (Bass Valley,
Inverloch, Phillip Island, San Remo and Wont-
haggi Lions clubs) have also provided equipment
to Bass Coast Health through the Lions Christmas
Cake Allocation Fund.
The fund accumulates funding from cake sales
and the Zone 8 clubs made a joint submission
along with Bass Coast Health Ladies Auxiliary to
cover the remainder of cost of $11,146.50 for a
proximate monitoring system.
The hospital advised Lions this system was a
priority as it enhanced staff ’s ability to achieve
their zero fall tolerance.
The system monitors people at risk of falling
or wandering, and gives staff the earliest warning
of people trying to walk unsupervised.
Council rejects ‘secrecy’ allegations
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