MAV Statement on City of Casey dismissal
The Minister for Local Government’s decision to dismiss Casey Council is the first step in the process of restoring community trust.
Ongoing governance issues at Casey Council have been widely publicised with a Monitor appointed by the Minister in November, to ensure governance and decision-making was being upheld with the community’s best interests in mind.
This followed the announcement that IBAC would hold public examinations as part of an investigation, Operation Sandon, into allegations of corrupt conduct involving councillors and property developers at the council.
Cr Ruth Gstrein, Deputy President (Rural) of the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) said as a matter of principle, the dismissal of a democratically elected government is always a last resort.
“Victorians expect honesty, accountability and transparency from their local council.
“The ongoing IBAC inquiry has understandably shaken public confidence in the City of Casey, based on the behaviour of a small number of Casey councillors.
“This behaviour is not representative of our local government sector and does not reflect community expectations of their council.
“The State Government’s decision, following the report of the independent monitor, is an opportunity for Casey Council to start the process of rebuilding trust with their community.”
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For further information, contact MAV Deputy President Cr Ruth Gstrein on 0407 320 283 or the MAV Communications Unit on (03) 9667 5590.