The Bill to dismiss the Casey City Council has passed Parliament, with Councillors to be replaced by an interim administrator within days.
The Local Government (Casey City Council) Bill 2020 provides for the dismissal of the council and appointment of administrators, who will act as the council in the best interests of residents and ratepayers until the fourth Saturday in October 2024, when elections will be held.
Municipal Monitor Laurinda Gardner’s report found clear evidence the council failed to provide good governance to the City of Casey and recommended its dismissal.
The Government will move quickly to give ratepayers certainty around the Council’s governance and accountability by appointing an interim administrator once the Bill receives Royal Assent – before establishing a full panel.
As stated by Minister for Local Government Adem Somyurek
“We did not take this decision lightly – the monitor found serious failures at Casey City Council and we acted swiftly to protect residents and ratepayers.”
“We will now work towards rebuilding the council so it can provide the first–class services and representation the local community deserves.”