- Shire president and councillors suspended for six months
- Minister issued show cause notice on December 9
Local Government Minister Paul Miles has suspended the Shire of Exmouth for six months and appointed a commissioner to oversee the local government.
Commissioner Ian Fletcher JP is a retired former chief executive officer of the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, with more than 45 years' experience in the private and public sectors including as an executive chairman of the WA Regional Development Council.
Mr Miles said he had acted because the Liberal National Government was seeking to restore the Shire of Exmouth's ability to provide good governance for the residents of the district.
On December 9, 2016 the Minister issued the Shire with a show cause notice asking why the local government council should not be suspended for up to six months.
The Minister's action followed an investigation and public hearing by the Corruption and Crime Commission, which identified significant and serious levels of non-compliance with the Local Government Act 1995 in relation to procurement and tendering processes.
The hearing also identified instances where the council failed to properly oversee or monitor the CEO's actions where it contravened the Shire's code of conduct.
Mr Miles said the Shire's response to the show cause notice failed to provide any comfort or alleviate the concerns identified.
"Nothing submitted by the Shire of Exmouth has convinced me that the council should not be suspended and a commissioner appointed," he said.
"The evidence provided by the CCC in its hearing transcripts is damning in respect of the council's inability to govern effectively. There is a grave lack of understanding by the council of their roles and responsibilities under the Local Government Act.
"The Shire of Exmouth did not act responsibly in their performance of the local government's functions. I have therefore formed the view that there is sufficient evidence that it is inappropriate for the Shire of Exmouth council to continue without intervention."
- The Shire was advised of the Minister's intention that all council members would be required to undertake governance training
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