THE Moyne Shire Council will discuss withdrawing its membership to the Rural Councils of Victoria (RCV) after being denied finance and expenditure reports.
The council received some financial reports from RCV late yesterday but mayor Jim Doukas said the issue would remain on the council’s agenda for today’s meeting.
Last month the council formally requested financial statements from the lobby group’s past two financial years, as councillors questioned the benefit of paying the $2000 annual membership.
While he is yet to receive the reports, Cr Mick Wolfe will today raise a motion that the council not renew membership until provided with the requested details.
Cr Doukas first raised the idea of withdrawing membership in May after attending a function staged for mayors and chief executives.
Councillors Doukas and Bernie Harris told The Standard they believed the RCV conference was more focused on socialising than policy discussion after the meeting failed to resolve a long-running debate over farm zoning.
The RCV’s incumbent chairman, Cr Ken Gale, declared a conflict of interest when the matter was discussed at last month’s council meeting.
Other agenda items at today’s meeting will examine:
-the Environmental Sustainability Report 2012-2015;
-Killarney Recreation Reserve — event and liquor licence application;
-Green Light Program funding options; and
-planning permits for Duffus Street, Koroit.