- City of Perth Commissioners have commenced work and met with staff
- Restoring good governance and confidence in the City of Perth a top priority
- Inquiry panel to be established in the coming weeks
- Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries' authorised inquiry continues until the inquiry panel begins work
The three commissioners appointed to run the City of Perth while its council is under suspension have commenced work and met with staff at the City.
Eric Lumsden, retiring chairperson of the Western Australian Planning Commission; Gaye McMath, former executive director of Perth Education City; and Andrew Hammond, retiring chief executive officer of the City of Rockingham, today said that restoring good governance and confidence in the City of Perth were the top priorities.
The authorised inquiry, which is being undertaken by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, is continuing to collate and analyse evidence while the terms of reference are drafted to establish an inquiry panel.
Once the inquiry panel has been established, the authorised inquiry will cease and provide its information and evidence to the Inquirer.
The inquiry panel will have the powers of a Royal Commission and the authority to make recommendations as to whether the council should be dismissed or reinstated.
Following the inquiry, which could take a number of months, a report will be prepared for the Minister for Local Government to decide what action the State Government will take.
Comments attributed to Local Government Minister David Templeman:
"The appointment of Commissioners to run the City of Perth has provided much-needed clear air.
"The Commissioners have already met with staff at the City and set a date for a special council meeting on March 15.
"Returning good governance to the City of Perth will provide its ratepayers, residents and businesses with the level of service they deserve."
Comments attributed to City of Perth Commissioner Eric Lumsden:
"I have been briefed on the issues at the City of Perth and have met with the executive and staff.
"The staff have been through a lot recently and it is important that they receive some stability and support during this time.
"Together with Ms McMath and Mr Hammond, I intend to return the City of Perth to its rightful place as the leading local government in Western Australia."
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