Mr Rik Hart is the Administrator for Central Coast Council, appointed by the then Minister for Local Government, the Hon Shelley Hancock MP. Mr Hart’s appointment followed the Minister’s announcement on 26 April 2021 of a formal Public Inquiry into Central Coast Council led by Commissioner Ms Roslyn McCulloch.
The Council was suspended on 30 October 2020 and the formal Public Inquiry led to the postponement of the local government election for Central Coast Council, which was scheduled for September 2021.
On 17 March 2022, Minister for Local Government, the Hon Wendy Tuckerman tabled the report into the Public Inquiry into Central Coast Council, and took action to terminate all suspended Councillors, effective immediately.
On 1 June 2022, Minister for Local Government, the Hon Wendy Tuckerman MP announced the local government election for Central Coast Council (i.e., the return of Councillors) will be held on 14 September 2024.
Until this time, the Administrator acts as the Council, effectively replacing the role previously performed by the Mayor and Councillors.
Mr Hart assumed the role of Administrator from Mr Dick Persson AM who had been in the role since October 2020.
For information about the role of an Administrator, please read our Frequently Asked Questions below.
- Administrator’s 30 Day Interim Report - 2 December 2020
- Administrator’s 3 Month Progress Report – 3 February 2021
- Administrator’s Final Report – 15 April 2021
- Administrator's Message - Central Coast Council Public Inquiry Report - 17 April 2022