- Minister for Local Government announces authorised inquiry into City of Melville
- Nearly 300 complaints have been made against the City since 2014
- Inquiry to examine the council's relationship with administration and council policies and procedures
Local Government Minister David Templeman today announced the commencement of an authorised inquiry into the operations and affairs of the City of Melville.
The inquiry is being undertaken under Part 8 Division 1 of the Local Government Act 1995, with the chief executive officer and Mayor of the City notified earlier this morning of the intent and terms of reference of the inquiry.
The State Government, through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, will conduct the inquiry to explore whether there are underlying issues to the nearly 300 complaints against the City made to the Minister and the department since 2014.
Over the last 12 months, the department has been working closely with the City to improve their complaints processes and relationship with the community.
However, the quantity and ongoing nature of the allegations made against the City has now prompted an inquiry using the powers of the legislation to determine the veracity of the complaints.
Under the terms of reference, the inquiry will examine:
- Matters related to the Council's relationship with the City's administration;
- The adequacy of Council policies and procedures;
- Acquisition of land; and
- Any other matters the investigative team discovers during its inquiry.
Comments attributed to Local Government Minister David Templeman:
"Maintaining a strong system of local government that operates efficiently, effectively and in the best interests of the community is a priority of the McGowan Government.
"When complaints against a council remain unresolved over a period of time, it can be indicative of underlying issues and it is imperative that the State Government utilises its powers appropriately to intervene and investigate these matters to determine their veracity.
"This is not an accusation of wrongdoing or failure by the City of Melville, it is about ensuring improved outcomes and an improved relationship between the City and its residents.
"The Melville community deserves to have confidence in their elected members to provide good governance and services to their communities.
"I trust that the City of Melville will work co-operatively with the departmental officers authorised to undertake the inquiry, to ensure it will be completed as expeditiously as possible."
Minister's office - 6552 5400