The Central Goldfields Shire’s three long-term administrators have officially been appointed and will begin their roles from today.
Central Goldfields Shire interim administrator Mark Davies officially announced the end of his tenure at last night’s ordinary council meeting, with the Minister for Local Government Marlene Kairouz announcing at 9 am this morning that Noel Harvey, the Hon Hugh Delahunty and Ms Karen Douglas will take on the roles as long-term administrators.
“This is a big turning point for ratepayers in Central Goldfields, who will now get the level of governance and sesrvice they deserve,” Ms Kairouz said.
“These administrators have the skills and experience to lead the council and will be a strong voice for locals until the next election.”
Mr Harvey is a former Mayor and councillor for the Shire of Kyneton and the Shire of Macedon Ranges and the former Chief Commissioner for the Shire of Hepburn.
He has also held a number of previous board positions, including as a member of the Central Goldfields Library Corporation from 1995 to 2003.
Mr Delahunty is a former councillor for both Horsham Rural City Council and Horsham City Council, where he also served as Mayor for two terms. He was Victoria’s Minister for Sport and Recreation (2010-14) and Minister for Veteran’s Affairs (2010-2014).
Ms Douglas has extensive experience advocating for regional communities through her 10 years as a councillor for Northern Grampians Council, including four as Mayor.
The panel of administrators will also ensure issues important to ratepayers are acknowledged, with both Mr Delahunty and Ms Douglas bringing a wealth of experience and knowledge of farming and rural affairs to the role, a statement from the Minister for Local Government said.
The appointment of the administrators follows the elected council’s dismissal by the State Government in August this year. The long-term administrators will remain at the council until the next election in October 2020.