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Shellharbour City Council Public Inquiry (2008)

On 3rd April 2008 the Minister for Local Government, the Hon Paul Lynch MP, announced a public inquiry into Shellharbour City 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 Shellharbour City Council should be declared vacant.

The Inquiry will have particular regard to:


  1. The conduct of the elected representatives of council (whether individually or collectively as the governing body of council) including their relationships with senior and other staff of council.
  2. Whether the elected representatives fully understand their roles and responsibilities and have adequately, appropriately and reasonably carried out their roles and responsibilities in the best interests of all ratepayers and residents.
  3. Any other matters that warrant mention, particularly when it may impact on the effective administration of the council area.

The Commissioner may make other recommendations as the Commissioner sees fit”. 

Appointed Commissioner: Mr Richard Colley.

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