A report in your April 13 edition under the heading “How accountable should CVC be?” on where Council spends its advertising budget leaves readers believing Councillors “decided that the community should not be advised of how this money was spent”. This comment, attributed to your journalist Geoff Helisma, is incorrect.
Council has done nothing to keep this information from the public. Any member of the community, including the Clarence Valley Independent, can obtain information on where Council’s advertising is spent – they simply need to lodge a formal Government Information Public Access (GIPA) request and pay the associated fees. To date Council has not received or rejected any such application.
Council is also in receipt of information from NSW Information and Privacy Commission that clearly supports Council’s approach in dealing with requests for details on where our advertising budget is spent.
Scott Greensill, General Manager