Three commissioners have been appointed to run the City of Perth while investigations continue into the conduct of the City of Perth councillors.
Retiring chairperson of the Western Australian Planning Commission Eric Lumsden, former executive director of Perth Education City Gaye McNath and retiring chief executive officer of the City of Rockingham Andrew Hammond were chosen while the council is under suspension.
“The appointment of Commissioners to run the City of Perth has provided much-needed clear air,” Local Government Minister David Templeman said.
“The Commissioners have already met with staff at the City and set a date for a special council meeting on March 15.”
The inquiry run by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries is currently collating and analysing evidence while the terms of reference are being drafted to establish an inquiry panel.
When the inquiry panel has been established the authorised inquiry will end and information and evidence will be given to the inquirer.
The inquiry panel will have powers of a Royal Commission and will also have the authority to recommend if the council should be dismissed or reinstated.
A report will be prepared for Mr Templeman to decide what action the State Government will take, following the inquiry.
Mr Templeman said restoring good governance and confidence in the City of Perth was the main priority.
“Returning good governance to the City of Perth will provide its ratepayers, residents and businesses with the level of service they deserve.”
Mr Lumsden said City of Perth staff had encountered instability but the inquiry would improve the situation for the City
“The staff have been through a lot recently and it is important that they receive some stability and support during this time,” he said.
“Together with Ms McNath and Mr Hammond, I intend to return the City of Perth to its rightful place as the leading local government in Western Australia.”