PLANS for an independent review of Greater Bendigo operations will be re-introduced to council within weeks.
The review is the brainchild of residents Ted Coleman and Michael McKenzie.
Council rejected it earlier this year, but last weekend’s elections saw the balance of power tipped in favour of a review.
Three of the four new councillors – Elise Chapman, James Willams and Helen Leach – all campaigned for the review, and confirmed this week they would vote for one.
New Eppalock Ward councillor Mark Weragoda said he would study internal council figures before making a decision.
With the support of Whipstick Ward councillors Peter Cox and Lisa Ruffell – the two councillors who voted for it last time – a review is likely.
Cr Cox said he would immediately begin on planning for the re-introduction of the plan.
“Because there is a cost to it, it will have to be dealt with at the mid-year budget review in late January, early February,” he said.
“Hopefully we can have all the discussions and how we do it worked out by then.
“We will discuss it at the end of November, work on it in December and have it ready for the mid-year budget review.”
Cr Cox said most of the debate for a review had centred around the financial issues of council.“It is not just about money and finance,” he said.
“It is also about finding innovative ways we can do things differently.”
Cr Leach was enthusiastic about the review.
“I am determined it should go ahead as soon as possible,” she said.
“Ratepayers deserve transparency.”
Cr Chapman said she was also keen to vote for the review.
“I expect we would do that as quickly as possible,” she said.
“We need to get everyone to move on things more quickly.
“Everything seems to take so long and run over budget.
“There is a need to re-think how council’s money is spent.”