Local Government Minister David Templeman has granted an extension to the Inquiry into the City of Perth following delays caused by COVID-19.
Since its appointment on April 24, 2018 the inquiry has undertaken a significant number of public and private hearings into serious matters of governance and administration.
The City of Perth inquiry report was due to be delivered on April 30, 2020.
However, COVID-19 measures have directly impacted on the inquiry’s work and resulted in the Inquirer requiring more time to finalise the report.
To allow the inquiry to finalise processes and deliver a thorough report, an extension to the inquiry was sought by the Inquirer Mr Tony Power and approved by Minister Templeman.
This extends the duration of the inquiry to June 30, 2020 and will allow the Inquirer to finalise and present his findings.
As stated by Local Government Minister David Templeman:
“Since its appointment on April 24, 2018 the Inquiry into the City of Perth has been extensive with more than 100 witnesses examined and more than 20 different lines of enquiry pursued.
“Unfortunately, disruptions caused by arrangements related to the coronavirus pandemic have meant the Inquirer needed more time to finalise his report.
“The Inquirer has assured me that the delays caused by COVID-19 were unavoidable. He would have otherwise been able to deliver a report on time.
“I have granted the extension to ensure that he can complete his job and deliver a comprehensive report.”