Hulin slams city’s racing carnival tent

A MAY Racing Carnival marquee operated by Warrnambool City Council is not giving ratepayers value for money, according to Cr Peter Hulin.

He has drafted a notice of motion to be put before a general council meeting next week which calls for changes to the way the municipality deals with its trackside hospitality.

Cr Hulin has called for the release of the marquee guest list to fellow councillors and the justification for each invitation extended to attendees.

He also wants the council to be provided with a policy statement which determines who and why specific people are invited to the site and a full costing of the trackside event. “Warrnambool has so many new citizens who have been real movers and shakers at a national level,” Cr Hulin said. “Yet they weren’t invited to a council-run event when you would have thought it would be perfectly simple.

“The way it’s done at the moment is ad hoc. 

“The tent in theory is a good idea but the way it’s been run is pretty ordinary.  The May Racing Carnival is one of Warrnambool’s biggest days of the year, a time for the city council to be out there really selling why we’re such a great place to live and we’re not doing that properly.”

Warrnambool City Council will hold its regular meeting on Tuesday at the municipal gallery from 5.45pm.

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