Port Macquarie Hastings Public Inquiry (2007)
On 27 July 2007 the Minister for Local Government, the Hon Paul Lynch MP, announced a formal public inquiry into Port Macquarie-Hastings Council.
The terms of reference of the Inquiry were:
"To inquire, report and provide recommendations to the Minister for Local Government as to whether all civic offices at Port Macquarie-Hastings Council should be declared vacant.
The Inquiry will have particular regard to:
- whether the Council exercised prudent financial and project management regarding the planning and development of the infrastructure project known as “The Glasshouse”
- whether the Council properly considered what impact the Glasshouse project would have on the ongoing ability of Council to provide adequate, equitable and appropriate services and facilities to the community
- whether the Council properly consulted and engaged with its community and exercised appropriate openness and transparency in its decision making for approving and undertaking the Glasshouse infrastructure project
- any other matter that warrants mention, particularly where it may impact on the effective administration of the area and/or the management of and working relationships within the Council.
The Commissioner may make such other recommendations as he sees fit."
Appointed Commissioner: Mr Frank Willan.