Statement from Casey City Council Mayor, Cr Susan Serey:
The Office of the Minister for Local Government, Adem Somyurek MP, and Local Government Victoria have this afternoon announced that tomorrow he will table the Casey Municipal Monitor’s report and subsequently introduce a Bill before Parliament to dismiss all Casey City Councillors.
Unlike the opposition spokesperson, Tim Smith MP, who failed to contact me or any of my fellow Councillors on any occasion to seek any clarification or check his understanding of Council’s decisions and the Local Government Act, Minister Somyurek was both respectful and understanding of our situation and keen to be fully informed before a meeting of Cabinet today.
The Bill needs to be passed by both the Legislative Assembly and the Upper House, and then receive Royal Assent for the Minister’s decision to take effect. Councillors will remain in their positions until the outcome is known.
This has no impact on the immediate and day-to-day operations of the Council. Tomorrow night’s Council Meeting will continue as planned.