Spat could topple top Victorian local government figure

The president of the Municipal Association of Victoria may soon lose her position after her own council dramatically withdrew its funding from the body.

Cr Mary Lalios, president of the MAV, may be deemed ineligible to continue in her current position as president after the City of Whittlesea elected to withdraw its funding for the MAV.

The decision to withdraw the funding comes after Cr Lalios made a WorkSafe claim against her home council.

The decision to not pay the fees, which are due on 31st August, is an apparent move by a Labor majority from the council.

“The uncertainty arises because of a recent motion passed by six councillors from my council, City of Whittlesea, to not pay the annual MAV subscription by the due date of 31 August 2018,” Cr Lalios said in a statement.

“The Board is working through all the implications of the possible non-payment of the subscription. What a time for this confusion to be occurring when a new CEO commences at the MAV in four days.”

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