The McGowan Government has today tabled a report in State Parliament following the City of Melville Authorised Inquiry.
The inquiry began in 2017 to test the veracity of the unprecedented number of allegations made against the City since 2014.
The investigation, undertaken by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, made 17 findings and seven recommendations.
The report found that overall the City was providing good governance in the best interests of their community; however, there was evidence to show that the City had not been as open and transparent as it could have been while dealing with requests from the public.
It was also found that some complainants were unreasonable in their expectations of the Council and the City.
In accordance with the principles of natural justice, all named and affected parties were provided relevant sections of the report and offered the opportunity to comment prior to release. The report can be accessed at https://www.dlgsc.wa.gov.au/cityofmelvillereport
As stated by Local Government Minister David Templeman:
“In order for a local government to operate effectively and efficiently it is important that everyone treats each other with respect and consideration – the elected members, the administration and the community.
“The recommendations will be the catalyst the City needs to drive cultural change.
“In particular, the complaints management process needs to be improved to ensure all parties are better informed, have a clearer understanding of their roles and ultimately lead to more positive internal and external interactions.
“Serious consideration has been given to the appropriateness of the recommendations to ensure the utmost benefit is afforded to the City and ultimately the community.
“The report and its findings should give confidence to the community to actively participate in the local government elections in October.”