AN independent audit of all Warrnambool City Council departments has been suggested by election candidate Percy Eccles who wants to see more efficiency.
“This is a practice most other businesses in Australia and overseas have adopted in the past four years post-global-financial crisis,” he said. “I believe we need an independent A to Z audit of all council departments and utilise the findings to implement cost-saving measures where it is deemed appropriate without impacting on council services.”
Mr Eccles said as a businessman he realised there were key issues that would affect the council’s budget.
He has already called for the livestock saleyards to be kept in council ownership instead of being privatised and challenged all other candidates to reveal their position on this issue.
“I believe the community has a right to know the candidates’ views and where they stand regarding this important issue,” he said.
Mr Eccles also backed Cr Michael Neoh’s stance in calling for the council to take a strong lobbying role for the proposed Lady Bay harbour upgrade and a cancer-care centre. “I pledge my total support for these highly important issues,” he said.
“The cancer-care centre is something that will directly and indirectly affect the wellbeing of all community members.
“Although not all the community may have a direct interest in the saleyards or what happens down at the foreshore, both these issues are important for assisting Warrnambool in the future to continue to generate further revenue, keep us on the map and ensure our sustained viability.”