The South Australian Government has announced the appointment of an administrator for the District Council of Coober Pedy after the council defaulted on debt.
State Minister for Local Government Stephan Knoll made the recommendation based on an extensive Ombudsman’s Report finalised in July 2018 which demonstrated serious failings and irregularities at the Council.
The recommendation was ratified by the Governor today with the appointment of Tim Jackson as administrator.
“In his Report, the Ombudsman stated that the Council’s many failures in regard to the negotiation and execution of a $198 million Power Purchase Agreement with Energy Generation Pty Ltd ‘remains one of the most serious examples of maladministration in public administration’ he had observed ‘since the relevant provisions of the ICAC Act were enacted’,” said Minister Knoll.
“Following the receipt of the Report, I gave the Council two opportunities to make submissions on its findings, and on the proposed actions to declare the Council to be defaulting.
“This included providing the Council that was elected in November 2018 an opportunity to respond on these matters. However, after closely considering these submissions, I have recommended that the appropriate course of action to address the serious failings identified by the Ombudsman is for the Council to be put into administration."