Commission of Inquiry to investigate troubled South Gippsland Shire

The Victorian Government has announced the formation of a new Commission of Inquiry to investigate the South Gippsland Shire Council, amid concerns of the governance of the Council.

The Commission will look at the stability of the Council, the behaviours of individual councillors, the process of hiring a CEO and the efficiency and effectiveness of governance arrangements in delivering services to the community.

In announcing the inquiry, State Minister for Local Government, Adem Somyurek, detailed his concerns over the goings on in the shire.

“I am very concerned at what is going on at the South Gippsland Shire, the Commission – which has inquisitorial powers – will get to the bottom of it and I will table the findings in the Parliament,” Mr Somyurek said.

“Like the ratepayers and residents of South Gippsland, I want a stable Council that functions effectively, governs well, delivers the services the community needs and represents the area.”

The Monitor’s final report recommended the Council be suspended and an administrator be appointed. On 2 April 2019, the Minister provided the Council with the Monitor’s report and it was asked to respond within 28 days, including what steps it had taken to address the issues in the monitor’s report.

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