Carol Altmann – The Terrier
I have learned that two staff – including a senior staff member – within the finance area of Lyndoch Living resigned today.
Another two resigned earlier this month.
In light of the legal precautions I must operate under when reporting on Lyndoch Living, you can make of that what you will.
But these resignations follow the former Acting Chief Financial Officer Allan Conway notifying the Lyndoch CEO Doreen Power of his serious concerns regarding the financial viability of a proposed $22 million medical clinic.
Mr Conway, who finished his 12-month contract in March, last night went public with those concerns.
Based on the information available to him, he does not support the medical clinic as proposed.
As a citizen, he holds fears for the future of Lyndoch Living.
And now the resignations from the inside keep coming.
When does this become a full blown crisis?
We have heard nothing from the board, who are chosen to represent the community that owns Lyndoch Living.
We have heard nothing from the chair, hairdresser and former Warrnambool City Councillor, Sue Cassidy.
We have heard nothing from the vice chair, the CEO of MPower Kerry Nelson.
We have heard nothing from the treasurer, Sinclair and Wilson accountant Kane Grant, who – surely – must be taking another, closer look at the numbers.
And we have heard nothing from any of the remaining five board members: Prof Rob Wallis, Andrew Paton, Ron Page, Suzanne Coulson and Lorraine Mielnik.
We have no independent members of Lyndoch who can speak on our behalf, as nobody outside of the board or Lyndoch has been accepted as a member in the past 18 months, and that includes our now Mayor Vicki Jellie AM.
In summary, the community has lost control of Lyndoch Living by stealth, aided and abetted by those who have blocked any involvement at every turn.
The consequences of that exclusion and obsequiousness are now, I fear, becoming clear.
I keep asking the questions in the public interest and below are the ones I sent last Friday lunchtime so the Lyndoch CEO and board knew what was going to be published Sunday night and had every opportunity to respond.
They have chosen not to.
In the face of this silence, I can only keep raising the alarm and hope that the community decides it has had enough and a group of community representatives demand the board hold an emergency meeting, with a full report back to the community they serve.
Email Friday 16 April, 1.25pm:
Dear Lyndoch Media Unit, Ms Power and board members,
I am writing to offer the opportunity for comment on the following matters for a piece I am preparing to publish this Sunday night.
I have received confirmation that the immediate former Chief Financial Officer of Lyndoch Living, Allan Conway, does not support the construction of the proposed Medical Clinic at Lyndoch Living and that Mr Conway has expressed his concerns directly to the CEO.
Further, in his capacity as a private resident of Warrnambool, Mr Conway has also expressed a broader concern over Lyndoch’s future viability.
Given the seriousness of a CFO raising such concerns and the governance responsibilities of Lyndoch Living, my questions to the CEO, to the board chair and to the board treasurer are as follows:
1. Has the CEO notified the board of Mr Conway’s concerns in writing?
2. Has the CEO notified the Department of Health and Human Services Victoria of Mr Conway’s concerns in writing?
3. Has Mr Conway been contacted by the CEO and the board in response to his concerns and to discuss them further?
4. What action/s does the CEO and board intend to take in response to Mr Conway’s concerns?
5. Given the limited surplus funds of Lyndoch Living, can the board outline where the funding is coming from for the $22 million Medical Clinic project?
6. Is the board comfortable with the level of risk associated with the Medical Clinic project?
7. Has a complete business plan been prepared and presented to the board for the Medical Clinic project?