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THE Independent Broad-based Anti-corrup-
tion Commission (IBAC) has released its re-
port, with local government and council CEOs
under the spotlight.
IBAC has jurisdiction over the public sector,
including councils, with the report containing
multiple references to local government and
giving notification of upcoming requirement of
Contained in the report is mention of Opera-
tion Charnley, where IBAC identified question-
able behaviour by individuals in public office,
as well as broader issues which caused an
unnamed council to be vulnerable to corrup-
tion, including: conflicts of interest not being
reported, and a lack of knowledge about when
a conflict of interest or perceived conflict of
IBAC recommended the council hold coun-
cillor code of conduct training, focusing on its
conflict of interest policy, expenses and enti-
tlement policy, and gifts, benefits and hospi-
The report shows that six percent of allega-
tions received by IBAC related to councils, and
councils accounted for 16 percent of investiga-
The annual report of IBAC advises that:
“From 1 December 2016, the heads of state
government agencies and council CEOs
(among other ‘principal officers’) will have to
notify IBAC if they suspect corruption is oc-
It states: “New requirements for heads of
public sector bodies to mandatorily notify
IBAC of suspected corruption will commence
on 1 December 2016.
“Mandatory reporting will help improve
IBAC’s data holdings and strategic intelligence
analysis, meaning we are better placed to...
“Appropriately, mandatory notifications em-
phasise the primary responsibility for detect-
ing and preventing corruption lies with public
All candidates in the Bass Coast Shire Coun-
cil election should by now be aware of this
mandatory requirement by the CEO.
*Maurice Schinkel is a candidate for the Is-
land Ward in the Bass Coast Shire election
Greg Price CEA (REIV)
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TALKING REAL ESTATE
Welcome to my regular Real Estate Column. This week the focus is auctioning
a property. Recently I received this email:
“My brother and I are executors of an estate for a property in Cowes. As there
are other family beneficiaries involved we are nervous about making the
wrong decision regarding the sale of the property. One agent has suggested an
auction. Do you have any thoughts on this?”
There are many benefits to the auction method of sale. A well organised
auction program creates maximum exposure and is recognised as a highly
successful method of sale. Potential purchasers must attend the auction and
act decisively if they are genuinely interested. Your price is not revealed,
therefore potential purchasers judge the property and not the price. Drawing
together a number of interested parties at one time ensures a competitive
environment and there is nothing quite like competition to achieve the
Other advantages to an auction are that it provides a firm timeline for the
prospective purchasers, often forcing a decision, it is an unconditional cash
contract and the successful purchaser must immediately sign the contract
and pay the deposit on your terms and conditions. There is no cooling off
period with an auction. The auction method establishes true market value
and is considered a proper and business like method of selling, especially
relevant in your circumstances as a co-executor.
If you would like an obligation free discussion about
the auction method of sale and our personal approach
to auctions please contact me personally.
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Shire missed rate deadline
A COUNCIL candidate in the upcoming
election has questioned the commitment of
the current shire in advocating for ratepay-
Phillip Island resident Maurice Schinkel
said this week that the council missed a
deadline to make a submission to a Parlia-
mentary inquiry about rates.
The Environment, Natural Resources and
Regional Development Committee of the
State Parliament is conducting an Inquiry
into the Sustainability and Operational
Challenges of Victoria’s Rural and Regional
Councils, with closing date for submissions
on September 12.
To date Bass Coast Shire has not made a
submission to that inquiry, which Mr Schin-
kel said was unacceptable.
“I have been aware of the parliamentary
inquiry for some time and intended to ask
a question at a meeting of council to deter-
mine if the Shire knew of the inquiry, and
if they were going to make a submission to
advocate for the interests of residents and
ratepayers, ” Mr Schinkel said.
“But unfortunately the matter never came
up as an agenda item at an open meeting
that was relevant to the Parliamentary Inqui-
ry, and under the new rules of the current
council on questioning, where questions
have to relate to an actual agenda item, I was
unable to ask whether they even knew about
the inquiry. ”
He said it turned out that council had not
made a submission, and “now I am still won-
dering if they even know about the inquiry”.
The inquiry received 39 submissions, in-
cluding 20 by other councils.
“Parliamentary inquiries achieve things
take the example of the inquiry into coal
seam gas – and council has missed a great
opportunity to advocate for its residents and
“Because of the ineptitude of the current
shire the new councillors will have to re-
quest that the parliamentary committee ac-
cept a late submission, to advocate for resi-
dents and ratepayers. ”
Corruption body keeps eye on local councils
By Maurice Schinkel
Island ward candidate, Maurice Schinkel.
Wright against small town request
ALL but one of the 18 council candidates
at a meeting held to consider planning con-
trols in small coastal towns have expressed
their support for the idea.
The only dissenter was Cr Phil Wright, a
candidate for the Island Ward, who opposed
The all-but-one support came at a meeting
convened by the Small Coastal Towns Alli-
ance, held at the Kilcunda hall last month,
where representatives of the 12 groups that
make up the alliance related experiences of
The alliance - created to protect small
coastal townships’ character and coastline
through height and design controls - was
seeking candidate support for more effective
design and development overlays.
Seeking the agreement of the 18 candi-
dates after their presentation, alliance mem-
bers requested those present to give an indi-
cation of support.
All offered their support, except current
councillor Phil Wright, who declined to do so.
The Island Ward, in which councillor
Wright is standing, includes the townships
of Smiths Beach, Rhyll and Phillip Island
The Small Coastal Townships Alliance cov-
ers these areas as well as Cape Paterson, Co -
rinella, Coronet Bay, Harmers Haven, Kilcun-
da, Newhaven, Pioneer Bay, and Tenby Point.
The alliance has negotiated with Bass
Coast Shire staff and councillors since May
Current councillor and candidate for Is-
land Ward Kimberley Brown was not present
at the meeting to express her view.
*Maurice Schinkel is a candidate for the
Island Ward in the Bass Coast Shire election.
By Maurice Schinkel
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