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Liverpool City Council Public Inquiry (2003)

On 5th November 2003 the Minister for Local Government, the Hon Tony Kelly MLC, announced a formal public inquiry into Liverpool City Council.

The Terms of Reference for the Inquiry were:

“To inquire, report and make any appropriate recommendations regarding Liverpool City Council.

The Inquiry will have particular regard but is not limited to the following:

  1. whether the Council has exercised prudent financial management regarding the development and management of infrastructure projects such as those within the Woodward Park precinct (the “Oasis” project);
  2. whether the Council exercised appropriate openness and transparency in its decision making for approving and undertaking major infrastructure projects;
  3. whether the Council properly considered what impact major infrastructure projects would have on the ongoing ability of Council to provide services to the community;
  4. Council’s process of appointment and management of senior staff; and
  5. any other matter that warrants mention, particularly where it may impact upon the effective administration of the area and/or the working relationships between the council, councillors and its administration.

The Commissioner may make such recommendations as the Commissioner sees fit including whether all civic offices in relation to the Council should be declared vacant so as to ensure that an appropriate structure can be put in place to provide optimum community leadership.”

Appointed Commisssioner: Emeritus Professor Maurice Daly BA PhD MIMC.


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