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The information on this website was posted prior to the Council election period, 21 September – 23 October 2021. No updates will be made during this period unless it is a statutory requirement.

Administrator Background

Why Does South Gippsland Have Administrators Instead of Councillors?

In June 2018 the State Government appointed a Municipal Monitor to oversee the conduct of South Gippsland Shire Councillors after concerns had been raised about Council’s meeting procedures, policies and processes to manage conflicts of interest, and the management of confidential information.

It was the role of the Municipal Monitor to monitor Council governance processes and practices, advise Council about possible governance improvements and report to the Minister on any steps taken by Council to improve its governance. The Monitor’s final report recommended the Council be suspended and an Administrator be appointed.

On 9 May 2019 the Minister for Local Government Adem Somyurek announced his intention to hold a Commission of Inquiry into the South Gippsland Shire Council under section 209 of the Local Government Act 1989. The Commission was tasked with looking 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.

The Commission of Inquiry found a high level of discord, conflict and tension between the Councillors had negatively impacted on Council’s performance, the Councillors’ decision-making, Councillor-staff relationships and Council’s reputation.

It recommended the following:

  1. The South Gippsland Shire Council be dismissed;
  2. The term of the dismissal be until October 2021;
  3. During the period of Administration, the Council;
    1. Develops and delivers an extensive community leadership development programme that:
      1. Encourages widespread participation in community and civic life in the municipality;
      2. Supports the development of community leadership skills; and
      3. Supports an improvement in the relationship between the Council and its community.
    2. Reviews and implements improved Council policies and processes, with a focus on Councillor induction and training, the Councillor Code of Conduct and meeting procedures.

 

On 19 June 2019 the Bill to dismiss the South Gippsland Shire Council passed Parliament. The Local Government (South Gippsland Shire Council) Act 2019 provided for the dismissal of the Council and the appointment of Administrators to act as the Council in the best interests of ratepayers until October 2021.
 

You can read the Commission of Inquiry Report and the Local Government (South Gippsland Shire Council) Act 2019 for more information.