Shire in good position ahead of return of councillors says chief inspector

The Local Government Inspectorate’s chief municipal inspector David Wolf has said the Central Goldfields Shire is in a “good position” ahead of the reappointment of a democratically elected council in October next year.

Almost exactly two years on from the release of the then Local Government Investigations and Compliance Inspectorate’s (now Local Government Inspectorate) damning report, Protecting integrity: Central Goldfields Shire investigation, and the subsequent sacking of the elected Central Goldfields Shire councillors, Mr Wolf visited the shire last month to check-in on the progress of the administrators and executive team.

“It was a challenging position for the administrators and the current administration when they were appointed and they have done a significant amount of work in response to our (LGI) report,” he said.

“This has been mainly around governance and policy framework, but also improving the culture of the council as a more contemporary council organisation, which from our perspective has been terrific.

“This work has to happen to allow the election of the new council in October next year to have the opportunity to be a success.”

Mr Wolf said the biggest achievement the executive team and administrators have achieved since being appointed is the council’s operational framework around its policy, governance and record keeping.

“These aspects of the organisation aren’t as visible to the community, but they are so important when you have such a large organisation with many diverse business requirements,” he said.

“This work has been well progressed by the current administration and once that’s in place, it allows a new council to operate well.

For more on this story see the Front Page of The Advertiser, Tuesday, August 13

 

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