Statement on South Gippsland Shire Council
The Minister for Local Government’s Commission of Inquiry into South Gippsland Shire must be completed quickly for the benefit of all ratepayers of South Gippsland.
We have already had a near 12 month process with the appointment of a Monitor and this Commission of Inquiry can’t be allowed to drag on for months.
The recent decisions taken, then overturned and then taken again with respect to the Acting CEO position were alarming to me from a governance perspective and I raised my concerns with the Minister directly, in the strongest possible terms.
The people of South Gippsland Shire deserve a resolution to this debacle as quickly as possible and the Minister should not hesitate to act decisively. If the evidence suggests that the Council should be dismissed, then he will not be opposed by me.
It is also critical that the outstanding Local Government Inspectorate investigation in to the alleged leaking of confidential materials form the Shire, with respect to Bald Hills Wind Farm, must also be wrapped up into any final decision the Minister takes.
I hope this entire saga is resolved quickly.