Hon David Templeman Dip Tchg BEd MLA

Hon David Templeman Dip Tchg BEd MLA

Minister for Culture and the Arts; Sport and Recreation; International Education; Heritage

    State appoints inquirer into City of Perth workings

    24/04/2018 9:00 AM
    • Legal practitioner will probe City of Perth's operations and affairs
    • Inquirer has Royal Commission powers to recommend dismissal or reinstatement of council
    • Latest move is the fifth local government inquiry panel in the past 20 years 

    Local Government Minister David Templeman today announced the appointment of legal practitioner Anthony (Tony) Power to conduct the formal inquiry into the City of Perth.


    The move follows the Minister's suspension of the Perth City Council after concluding there had been a serious and long-term failure by the elected council to ensure the City performed its functions properly.


    The appointment of Mr Power takes effect on May 1, 2018 with a final report expected within 12 months.


    The panel inquiry will have the powers of a Royal Commission and the authority to make a recommendation on the dismissal or reinstatement of the suspended council.


    In undertaking the inquiry, Mr Power will investigate the operations and affairs of the City of Perth between October 1, 2015 and March 1, 2018 inclusive.


    Specifically, the inquiry will consider if there was a failure to provide good government for the City of Perth community, the prospect of providing future good government and any necessary action to ensure ongoing good government.


    Mr Power has practised at Francis Burt Chambers since 1999. He has a broad practice and has worked in almost all Courts and Tribunals, the Corruption and Crime Commission, Royal Commissions and as a mediator. 


    He is an Adjunct Professor at The University of Notre Dame Australia and Murdoch University.


    Comments attributed to Local Government Minister David Templeman:


    "Mr Power is experienced, thorough and hardworking and has a strong commitment to achieving the best possible outcome.


    "As Minister for Local Government, my priority is to restore confidence in the people of Perth of the City's ability to provide good governance for its community.


    "I believe that with Mr Power's specialist skills and knowledge, we are well placed to achieve this."


    Minister's office - 6552 5400


    To view the Notice of Appointment and terms of reference for the inquiry, visit https://www.dlgc.wa.gov.au/Pages/default.aspx