Friday 2 August 2013

City Councillors Heartened By Trader Submission

At Tuesday evenings Melbourne City Council meeting Councillor Stephen Mayne said “Of all the submissions we have received in the last 9 months this one from Ivano Guseli {QVM Trader’s Advisory Committee} is my absolute favourite.”

Ivano’s written submission to Council on behalf of QVM traders was simple enough. He congratulated Council on making its Governance Protocols for Wholly Owned Subsidiary Companies publicly available on the web this week. This is a document that sets out some of the rules for operating QVM. In trying to understand the responsibilities of the QVM Board, Management and City Council, traders had asked for the document over 12 months ago.

The document has recently been updated to include current best practice on governance and gains specific provisions relating to the appointment process for subsidiary company directors. It is an important part of openness and transparency for traders.

Here is a copy of Ivano's submission on behalf of traders. - 

Dear Lord Mayor and Councillors,

On behalf of the Queen Victoria Market Traders Advisory Committee I
would like to take this opportunity to thank the CoM for making this
document publicly available.

We have asked on numerous occasions to have this document made available
to us, to be repeatedly told that it was "confidential in nature" so
were indeed pleasantly surprised when it popped up for full public
disclosure via the agenda for tonight's meeting.

It is, and continues to be, an arduous task trying to gather relevant
documentation and build an archive that allows us to fulfill our
obligations and responsibilities as representatives of QVM traders in a
timely and efficient manner. And having available basic documents like
the Governance Protocols goes towards that end. This enables the members
of the TAC to have a greater awareness of the operating structures of
the subsidiary company we advise and also better understand how we can
best work within those structures.

We take this opportunity to invite and encourage greater disclosure on
matters regarding the Queen Victoria Market in general and a greater
engagement between the key stakeholders we represent and council as we
believe this will enable and ensure best possible results for all
interested parties.

Ivano Guseli
on behalf of the QVM Traders Advisory Committee

The TAC (Traders Advisory Committee) is a body made up of 10 elected Trader Representatives. The committee is chaired by the QVM CEO. The TAC meets at regular intervals to consider and advise on market issues and minutes are provided to the QVM Board. 

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5/8/2013  00:00:28   Papers  "would it be possible to get copies of this or get it put up here." Leah