History of Manningham's short-lived finance committee


January 26, 2017

This list tracks the short history of Manningham's Finance and Governance Advisory Committee (FAGAC) and part of the debate about aged care reform.

June 29, 2010: ordinary council meeting debate on establishment of FAGAC. Officer advice rejected 5-4 and then alternative councillor motion deferred to a special council meeting two weeks later. See minutes.

July 14, 2010: special council meeting called and FAGAC established in a 7-2 vote with Cr Graeme Macmillan nominated as chair. Only Cr Mayne and Cr Ellis remained supportive of officer opposition. Cr Gough and Cr Lavella switched votes to impose this unusual committee construct on officers. See minutes.

May 31, 2011: council voted 7-2 in favour of the officer recommended reforms to the Manningham Centre Association. See minutes.

June 22, 2011: letter from FAGAC chair, Cr Graeme Macmillan, published in The Manningham Leader strongly criticising the 7-2 majority position on MCA reforms.

June 29, 2011: letter from MCA chair Bill Larkin published in The Manningham Leader clarifying inaccuracies in Cr Macmillan's letter.

June 29, 2011: letter from Manningham mayor Geoff Gough published in The Manningham Leader clarifying inaccuracies in Cr Macmillan's letter.

August 30, 2011:

Notice of Motion by Councillor Mayne (NOM No. 4/2011)


“After 12 months of operation of the Finance and Governance Advisory Committee (FAGAC) and in the light of the following:

· Attachment A: Pages 2038 to 2046 of the Minutes of the Council Meeting held on May 31, 2011, outlining 7-2 vote in favour of officer recommendation related to MCA and aged care reforms;

· Attachment B: letter to Manningham Leader by FAGAC chair Councillor Graeme Macmillan on June 22, 2011;

· Attachment C: letter to Manninham Leader by MCA chair Bill Larkin on June 29, 2011;

· Attachment D: letter to Manningham Leader by Mayor Geoff Gough on June 29,2011; and

· Attachment E: officer report from the Special Council Meeting held on July 14, 2011, establishing the FAGAC;

· Council resolves to endorse the original recommendation of officers outlined in Attachment E and revert back to a comprehensive model of Strategic Briefing Sessions (SBS) chaired by the Mayor thereby terminating the Finance and Governance Advisory Committee with immediate effect.”

MOVED: MAYNE
SECONDED: ELLIS

That after 12 months of operation of the Finance and the Governance Advisory Committee (FAGAC) and in the light of the following:

· Attachment E: Officer report from the Special Council Meeting held on July 14, 2011, establishing the FAGAC;

Council resolves to endorse the original recommendation of officers outlined in Attachment E and revert back to a comprehensive model of Strategic Briefing Sessions (SBS) chaired by the Mayor thereby terminating the Finance and Governance Advisory committee with immediate effect.

Procedural Motion

MOVED: MACMILLAN
SECONDED: MAYNE

That the speaking time for Councillors on this item be extended to five minutes.

CARRIED

MOVED: LA VELLA
SECONDED: MAYNE

That an extension of time be granted to Councillor Macmillan.

CARRIED

MOVED: MAYNE
SECONDED: REID

That Standing Orders 8.11 and 8.12 be suspended to remove the requirement to take speakers for and against in alternate sequence.

CARRIED

(The partial suspension of standing orders removed the requirement to take speakers for and against in alternate sequence.)

The Original Motion was then PUT and CARRIED

DIVISION

A Division having been demanded the Council divided as follows:

FOR (5): Councillors Mayne, Ellis, Reid, Villarreal & Gough.

AGAINST (4): Downie, Macmillan, Yang & LaVella.

September 27, 2011: Recission Motion by Councillor Macmillan seeking to overturn abolition of FAGAC at August council meeting defeated 5-3 with only Cr Macmillan, Cr Downie and Cr Lavella voting in favour. See minutes.