On 26 April 2021, the Minister for Local Government, the Hon Shelley Hancock MP appointed Roslyn McCulloch as Commissioner to hold a Public Inquiry under section 438U of the Local Government Act 1993 into Central Coast Council. An Information Paper and list of submissions has been published at the NSW Office of Local Government website.
Terms of Reference
The Terms of Reference for the Public Inquiry are:
To inquire and report to the Minister for Local Government with respect to whether:
- In exercising its functions pursuant to sections 21, 22, 23, 23A and 24 of the LG Act, the governing body met its obligations in a manner consistent with sections 8A(1)(b), 8B(a), 8B(c) and 8B(d) of the LG Act, particularly in relation to:
a. Whether the governing body acted in a manner that maximised the success of gaining efficiencies and financial savings from the merger process,
b. Whether the governing body disregarded the financial consequences of its decisions, and
c. Whether the governing body’s decisions since 2017 contributed to the financial position which the Council now finds itself in.
- In exercising its functions pursuant to section 223 of the LG Act, the governing body ensured:
a. As far as possible, that decisions taken by it had regard to the financial sustainability of the council, and
b. That it kept under review the performance of the council, including that council spending was responsible and sustainable by aligning general revenue and expenses.
- Any other matter that warrants mention, particularly those that may impact on the effective administration of Council’s functions and responsibilities or the community’s confidence in the Council being able to do so.
The Commissioner may make recommendations as the Commissioner sees fit having regard to the outcomes of the Inquiry, including whether all civic offices at Central Coast Council should be declared vacant.
Notice of Public Hearings
The public hearings will commence at 10.00am on Monday 27 September 2021 and are scheduled to conclude by Friday 15 October 2021. Due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, the public hearings will be conducted via Microsoft Teams and live streamed on the Office of Local Government You Tube channel.
For more information, see the Notice of Public Hearings made available by the NSW Office of Local Government.
Proactive release of information
Council has determined to proactively release and make available the following documents.
These documents are listed in descending date order.
- Redacted KPMG Domestic Waste Review February 2021 (signature redacted only)
- Redacted Lindsay Taylor Lawyers Draft advice (signature redacted only) – Dated 2 October 2020
- Redacted Grant Thornton Phase 2 report – DRAFT ONLY – (Scope only redacted)
Draft report on Central Coast Council Financial Capacity Review Phase 2 – Dated 16 August 2020