- Shire of Carnarvon to undertake governance review
Independent auditors have been appointed to undertake a review of governance and accountability at the Shire of Carnarvon, Local Government Minister Paul Miles announced today.
Mr Miles said he had taken the action following ongoing concerns by Carnarvon residents since 2012 about the Shire's Fascine Revitalisation Project and other local issues, including a recent petition from more than 200 residents.
"The Department of Local Government and Communities has been liaising closely with the Shire of Carnarvon's chief executive officer to address a number of issues at the council," he said.
"Given the frustration of Carnarvon residents with the current situation, I have acted to ensure that the Shire clearly and openly sets out how the community's concerns will be addressed."
The Australian Institute of Company Directors has been engaged to conduct the review, which will assist the council in addressing any areas requiring attention. The review will focus on probity, transparency and consolidation of procedures and processes.
Councillors have also agreed to attend training in early March on effective community leadership, to be funded through the Liberal National Government's $240,000 commitment to elected member training through the Country Local Government Fund.
"I am committed to protecting the interests of ratepayers throughout Western Australia and ensuring that residents, businesses and the community of Carnarvon can have confidence in their council," the Minister said.
- Following an investigation into the Shire of Carnarvon in 2014, the Department of Local Government and Communities concluded there were examples of poor procurement practice
- However, no misconduct was established that could lead to prosecution
- The department will continue to closely monitor the Shire of Carnarvon
Minister's office - 6552 6600