Local Government Minister John Castrilli today announced his intention to suspend the council of the City of Canning and appoint an inquiry panel to assess the city’s governance issues.
Mr Castrilli made his announcement after last week’s tabling in State Parliament of the report by the Authorised Inquiry into the City of Canning, which concluded there had been a serious and long-term failure by the elected council to ensure the city performed its functions properly.
Following the report’s consideration, the Minister said an inquiry panel would be appointed to inquire into Canning’s governance issues and make appropriate recommendations, including the council’s dismissal or reinstatement.
“Having carefully considered the report and its recommendations, I have formed the view that during this process it would be inappropriate for the council to continue to act as the governing body of the City of Canning,” the Minister said.
A commissioner will be appointed by the Governor to fulfil the role of the suspended council to ensure continuity of service to ratepayers and staff during the process.
The suspension of the council and appointment of the commissioner will become effective on gazettal of a Governor’s Order.
“The City of Canning ratepayers deserve good governance and I believe this action will be a further step towards achieving this,” Mr Castrilli said.
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