Report leaked to cause trouble: Mayor
Monday, 18th March, 2013
By Erica Visser
Mayor Wincen Cuy has vowed to take the issue of a leaked draft report on City Council's finances further, claiming the report has been sensationalised.
The State Government Treasury Corporation (T-Corp) report, which described Council as "unsustainable", was given to the local ABC last week, despite being marked confidential.
"I'm definitely going to try to take it further," Mayor Cuy said.
"T-Corp has written on the bottom of the paper 'Commercial in Confidence'.
"I just think whoever leaked it was trying to cause trouble."
Mayor Cuy said that Council was not hiding anything from the public and had planned on releasing the final report to the local media.
"It's disappointing because of the fact that it was the first of about three drafts and significant changes have now been made," he said.
"We don't hide anything but we do it in a controlled and systematic way.
"We were going to have a media strategy when the final document came to light.
"It's a document that was produced by T-Corp for the (Local Government) Independent Review Panel, so it can understand the state of every council in NSW.
"In there was all the information that we had delivered to T-Corp.
"We have had problems with our cash flow since the Global Financial Crisis in 2008.
"Everything they've got in there we're fully aware of." Mayor Cuy also took a swipe at Clr Peter Black for criticising Council so freely about finances,
but failing to attend councillor workshops about it.
A workshop was held last Wednesday night in regards to the report, but Clr Black did not attend.
"When I defeated Clr Black on the mayoral ballot he said that we was going to be a very vigorous and relentless opposition," Mayor Cuy said.
"Now oppositions apply to federal and state government, but not local.
"The biggest problem I have is that Clr Black goes to the media but doesn't come to the workshops.
"He doesn't believe they're warranted, he has more important activities on.
"He is a vigorous opposition but does not contribute to the real cause.
"He won't actually go to the meetings."
Mayor Cuy said that it was important that the public attended upcoming workshops on the issue of Council's finances and review following a potential $7 million debt to Perilya.
"At this point in time we have to look at every aspect. It's looking at how we operate," he said.
"It's very, very important that what we want from the community is for them to come to the consultation meetings and seminars so we can actually understand what the community prioritises and is concerned with."
The first public consultation is scheduled for early April.