Auburn City Council Public Inquiry
On 21 January 2016 the then Minister for Local Government, the Hon Paul Toole MP, announced a formal Public Inquiry into Auburn City Council.
The terms of reference for the Inquiry were:
To inquire and report on the following matters relating to Auburn City Council:
- Whether the Council and its elected representatives have complied with applicable laws, Council’s adopted Code of Conduct, the Procedures for the Administration of the Code of Conduct, relevant planning legislation and Council’s administrative rules and policies and have fulfilled its and their legislative duties, powers and functions;
- Whether the relationships between councillors are conducted properly to ensure that individuals do not receive favourable treatment from decisions made by the elected Council or by Council staff;
- Whether the governing body commands the community’s confidence, and will continue to be in a position, to direct and control the affairs of Council in accordance with the Local Government Act 1993, so that Council may fulfill the charter, provisions and intent of the Local Government Act 1993 and otherwise fulfill its statutory functions; and
- Any other matters that warrant inquiry, 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 such recommendations as the Commissioner sees fit having regard to the outcomes of the Inquiry.
The then Minister for Local Government approved the appointment of Richard Beasley SC as Commissioner to undertake the Inquiry.
On 9 March 2017, Minister for Local Government, the Hon Gabrielle Upton MP tabled Commissioner Beasley’s report in the NSW Parliament. A copy of the Commissioner’s report is available on the website.