SA LGA President resigns amid investigation

South Australian Local Government Association president Lorraine Rosenberg has resigned following a special meeting of the executive committee, and a motion of no confidence has been passed against her as Onkaparinga Mayor, although she has stated she will continue in the position.

The council moved against Mayor Rosenberg following a referral by the Independent Commissioner against Corruption of “a matter relating to the corporate credit card expenditure of the City of Onkaparinga”.

The Ombudsman, Wayne Lines, is currently investigating the referral which alleged “misconduct and maladministration in public administration in relation to the management of a project concerning reform of the information and communication technology systems (the ICT Reform Project) of the City of Onkaparinga”.

Mayor Rosenberg said she respected and accepted the LGA Executive Committee’s recommendation that her resignation was in the best interests of the sector.

“My whole reason for accepting the Presidency in the first place was to be a fierce advocate for the benefits of local government,” Mayor Rosenberg said.

“As my current position is not adding positively to both the LGA and to local government, I have decided to tender my resignation.”

A special meeting of the LGA Board will be held next week to appoint a new President under the LGA Constitution.

Immediate Past President Mayor Dave Burgess said the sector was currently facing a range of issues, and it was important to work together to address these challenges and opportunities.

"Some of our key priorities include increasing participation at this year's council elections, and a proactive reform agenda for both the sector and the LGA,” Mayor Burgess said.

"We all understand that improvements need to be made in all aspects of local government and, most likely, all corners of the State, but we should also be proud of the good work that happens every day in councils around SA for communities.”

The next full term of the LGA President will commence in October 2018, and nominations will open at the end of July.

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