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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:

  1. whether the Council exercised prudent financial and project management regarding the planning and development of the infrastructure project known as “The Glasshouse”
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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.


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