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Tweed Shire Council public inquiry (2004)

On 10th November 2004 the Minister for Local Government, the Hon Tony Kelly MLC, announced a formal public inquiry into Tweed Shire Council.

The Terms of Reference for the Inquiry were:

“To inquire, report and provide recommendations to the Minister for Local Government on the efficiency and effectiveness of the governance of Tweed Shire Council.

The Inquiry will have particular regard to:

  1. Whether the elected representatives have adequately, appropriately and reasonably carried out their responsibilities in the best interests of all ratepayers and residents, in an environment free from conflicts of interest.
  2. The appropriateness of the procedures and processes adopted by Council in relation to its environmental planning responsibilities, including the processing of applications for development, particularly those of a significant nature.
  3. The appropriateness of the relationship between elected representatives and proponents of development in the council area.
  4. Whether the elected representatives are in a position to adequately direct and control the affairs of council in accordance with the Local Government Act 1993, so that council may fulfil the Charter, provisions and intent of the Local Government Act 1993 and otherwise fulfil its statutory functions.
  5. Any other matter that warrants mention, particularly where it may impact on the effective administration of the area and/or the working relationships between the council, councillors and its administration.

The Commissioner may make other recommendations as he sees fit, including whether all civic offices in relation to the Council should be declared vacant.” 

Appointed Commissioner: Professor Maurice Daly BA PhD MIMC.

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