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Selling the city

Thursday, 3rd May, 2012

BANDING TOGETHER: Inland NSW Tourism’s Craig Palmer and Karina Groth, TriState Safari’s Michael McCulkin and Council’s Manager Community Development, Andrea Roberts. BANDING TOGETHER: Inland NSW Tourism’s Craig Palmer and Karina Groth, TriState Safari’s Michael McCulkin and Council’s Manager Community Development, Andrea Roberts.

City Council will target “wealthy individuals” in a new prospectus marketing Broken Hill as a private investment.

The prospectus is due to be released in the coming weeks, alongside expressions of interest for the Broken Hill Film Studio and other parts of the city.

Council’s Manager Community Development, Andrea Roberts, made the update on the studio at a Film and Tourism forum held last night.

Ms Roberts used examples of the arts, operating a hotel on council land and two-up licenses. 

Council supports Lisa

Monday, 30th April, 2012

HELP LISA: Lisa Kickett is off to Sydney for the semi-finals of the Miss Universe competition. HELP LISA: Lisa Kickett is off to Sydney for the semi-finals of the Miss Universe competition.

Miss Universe contestant Lisa Kickett is to get a helping hand from City Council.

Lisa has made it into the semi-finals and will be leaving the city on Wednesday to participate.

At Thursday night’s monthly meeting, councillors voted to donate $500 to help Lisa in her quest, said her manager Protalent’s Sloane Howard.

Budget fix “urgent”

Saturday, 28th April, 2012

Time is running out for City Council which has voted to investigate seeking outside help to fix its finances in time for the next budget.

The move follows ongoing concern from the State Division of Local Government about Council’s management of funds and its record keeping.

Councillors at Wednesday night’s monthly Council meeting voted to look into employing an external audit committee to help manage finances in the long term. 

The measure would replace Council’s current finance and audit committee which is comprised of six councillors and internal staff. 

Money woes not over

Friday, 20th April, 2012

City Council’s senior managers will meet with the State Government next week in a step towards fixing its financial woes.

The decision was made at a meeting on Wednesday night in response to the recent doubt cast by the NSW Division of Local Government over Council’s ability to dig itself out of decade-long operating deficits.

In a recent letter, the Division also recommended that Council seek help to maintain financial records following a string of inaccuracies and “the relative inexperience of Council’s finance staff”.

Plan “unacceptable”

Wednesday, 18th April, 2012

Concerns over Council draft to tackle deficit

By Erica Visser

A City Council draft plan to tackle its looming financial deficit is unacceptable, according to the NSW Division of Local Government.

The plan was adopted at a monthly meeting in February after the Division expressed concern over council’s decade-long deficit and poor financial record-keeping.

The Division’s Chief Executive, Ross Woodward, has responded with a number of concerns about council’s implementation of the plan.

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