Statement regarding dismissal of South Gippsland Shire
“After a very long process I am relieved for the people of South Gippsland that the decision has finally been made.
“The dismissal of a council is a very serious step and I have not supported it lightly. It is only considered where there has been serious cases of governance failure.
“I note that both the Municipal Monitor and the Commission of Inquiry, headed by respected former Judge Frank Vincent, were unequivocal in their findings that conflict among councillors has had a negative impact on Council’s performance.
“There can now be no doubt that these problems were real and needed to be addressed. Any suggestion that everything was fine among the councillors is delusional and has now been comprehensively disproved.
“I said in March that if the allegations about council behaviour were proven by the monitor then the Council should be dismissed. That is why I was happy to support the Bill to do so today.
“While I am always uncomfortable with the dismissal of an elected body, the reality is that the current composition of the council is very far removed from what ratepayers voted for in 2016.
“There is now a clean slate and it’s time to look ahead. South Gippsland has a great future and in two years we will need good people to put their hand up and lead our council. I hope many will stand for election.”
The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien, speaking in State Parliament in support of the Bill to dismiss South Gippsland Shire.