Friday, March 1, 2024

Moira Shire Council sacked by Minister

Victoria’s Moira Shire Council will be sacked after a Commission of Inquiry found that councillors had not been performing their roles adequately and recommended their dismissal.

Victorian Local Government Minister, Melissa Horne says the findings of a Commission of Inquiry into the Council were “deeply concerning”.

Minister Horne said Councils must properly represent the communities they serve, and Moira residents deserved to have a council that puts their interests first.

“I have accepted the Commission’s recommendation to dismiss the Council and appoint an interim Administrator,” the Minister confirmed.

The Victorian Government has introduced legislation into Parliament today to allow this to happen, she said.

The interim Administrator will be appointed for a period of three months.

“An ongoing panel of Administrators will follow this interim appointment and will be charged with addressing the serious issues identified in the report so that elections can be held at Moira Shire in 2028,” said Ms Horne.

“I am confident that Administrators will restore good governance to Moira Shire Council and provide a foundation for building effective leadership, project delivery, community engagement and a positive culture within Council.”

The Minister also acknowledged the comprehensive work completed by the Commissioners, Frances O’Brien KC and John Tanner AM.

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