Murray Shire Council Public Inquiry
On 15 January 2016 the Minister for Local Government, the Hon Paul Toole MP, announced a formal Public Inquiry into Murray Shire Council.
The terms of reference of the Inquiry were:
To inquire and report on the following matters relating to Murray Shire Council:
- Whether the elected representatives and staff have, since the appointment of the current General Manager, complied with applicable laws, codes, administrative procedures and policies and have fulfilled its and their duties, powers and functions particularly in relation to the relationships between councillors, the General Manager and senior and other staff of Council.
- Whether the Council has, since the appointment of the current General Manager, complied with its work, health and safety obligations as the General Manager’s employer.
- Whether the elected representatives have been and will continue to be in a position to direct and control the affairs of Council in accordance with the Local Government Act 1993 and other relevant Acts, so that Council may fulfil its charter, the provisions of the Local Government Act 1993 and otherwise fulfil its statutory functions and obligations;
- Any other matter that warrants mention, particularly those that may impact on the effective administration of Council’s functions and responsibilities or the community’s confidence in the Council being able to do so.
The Commissioner may make such recommendations as the Commissioner sees fit having regard to the outcomes of the Inquiry.
Mr Anthony Hudson was appointed as Commissioner to undertake the Inquiry.
On 9 March 2017, the Minister for Local Government, the Hon Gabrielle Upton MP, tabled Commissioner Hudson’s report in the NSW Parliament. A copy of Commissioner’s report is available on the website.